DISABILITY RIGHTS

 

 

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

 

ADA law is enforced by agencies like the Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Many disability advocacy groups like the American Association of People with Disabilities or the National Organization on Disability advocate for implementation of the law.

 

The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.

 

The ADA law does prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities who have chronic pain, as well as people in recovery from opioid and substance use disorders. People with disabilities who use medically prescribed opioids for pain cannot be discriminated against in access to employment and government programs, for example. However, the ADA law does not address the prescribing decisions of doctors.

 

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Chronic Pain/ Opioids Task Force has written a letter about chronic pain to U.S. senators and representatives that has been signed by many organizations: 

 

 

 

 

In this letter, the organizations push back against one size fits all policy making approach to prescribing, unintended consequences that risk patient safety, and the need for comprehensive care. This letter does an excellent job describing the policy issues related to pain and opioid use and is recommended reading.

 

 

If you have a disability and are experiencing abuse, neglect or discrimination, are experiencing a legal problem or are having difficulty obtaining disability services, call your state’s P&A.FIND YOUR P&A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Health Innovations Database" covers what state legislatures are enacting that changes Medicaid, private and commercial health insurance, access, health exchanges and other state action on health reforms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On July 24, 2019, the OIG released a report  titled: “Oversight of Opioid Prescribing and Monitoring of Opioid Use: States Have Taken Action To Address the Opioid Epidemic.” The report reviewed the actions taken by eight states to monitor opioid prescribing and use. The OIG detailed how states are using data analytics and implementing outreach programs for both patients and providers. The report also compares the states’ opioid prescribing limits with CDC guidelines.

 

 

FSMB | Opioids and Pain Management - Federation of State Medical Boards
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FSMB Releases Updated Guidelines for Chronic Use of Opioid Analgesics - Federation of State Medical Boards
May 17, 2017 · “As our nation's opioid epidemic worsens, it is critical that state medical and osteopathic boards - and the physicians and physician assistants they license and regulate - have updated guidance on the responsible management of chronic pain,” said FSMB President and CEO, Humayun Chaudhry, DO, MACP.

 

 

Continuing Medical Education by State - Federation of State Medical Boards

 

 

 

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PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAMS

 

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