The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) enforces federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, religion and the exercise of conscience. This seminar will focus on what HHS OCR does to enforce those laws that protect the rights of individuals with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to participate in health care program activities and services.
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
- Have a better understanding of OCR's role in enforcement of federal non-discrimination laws
- Receive an overview of the protections afforded by the following laws: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Gain awareness for how to achieve program access, reasonable modifications, and effective communication in health care settings.
Terri Wanzer, JD is an investigator with the Mid-Atlantic Region, Office for Civil Rights, in Philadelphia, PA.
Catherine Cushman, JD is an investigator with the Mid-Atlantic Region, Office for Civil Rights, in Philadelphia, PA.