Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013

Through the Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative, U.S. Attorneys’ offices across the nation and the Department’s Civil Rights Division target their enforcement efforts on a critical area for individuals with disabilities – access to medical services and facilities. The Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative is a multi-phase initiative that will include effective communication for people who are deaf or have hearing loss, physical access to medical care for people with mobility disabilities, and equal access to treatment for people who have HIV/AIDS.

The Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorneys’ offices have long enforced the ADA in this area. This nationwide initiative seeks to focus and leverage the Department’s resources together and aggregate the collective message that disability discrimination in health care is illegal and unacceptable.