Evaluation Framework for Hospital Visitor Policies

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A big barrier facing patients with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic is strict no-
visitor policies that hospitals and other health care facilities across the country have enacted to contain the spread of the virus.

These policies frequently discriminate against people with disabilities who require support from family members or staff to effectively communicate with medical personnel or to otherwise receive equal access to treatment.

This guidance document lays out the legal framework for required reasonable modifications to state and hospital no-visitor policies and identifies a number of criteria that stakeholders can use to evaluate such policies in order to ensure that they comply with federal disability rights laws.

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