"You Cannot Be Denied Medical Care

Just Because You

Have a Disability."

Medical Rationing: Advocating For You

scan of first page of advocacy letter sent to Governor

DNMM opposes any and all practices known as "medical rationing." 

Decisions for treatment should be made based on medical necessity, not due to often biased or stereotypical judgments about the "worth" or "quality of life" of a person with a disability.

DNMM recently sent a letter to Governor Whitmer and our area legislators requesting they take necessary actions to prohibit hospitals from engaging in "medical rationing."


Patient Advocates

The COVID-19 outbreak has shown how vital it is to plan ahead for medical care.


Now, perhaps more than ever, it's important to ensure YOUR rights and YOUR decisions are respected when receiving care. 

You may want to consider establishing a "patient advocate." For more information, or for assistance in applying, please contact Terri in our office at 1-800-782-4160.

Click here for a form to establish a patient advocate.

woman advocate speaking with a male hospital patient
street post against sky with directions saying suppor, help, and guidance

From the Office of
Civil Rights

The Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Age Discrimination Act, and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination in HHS funded health programs or activities. 

Persons with disabilities should not be denied medical care on the basis of stereotypes, assessments of quality of life, or judgments about a person’s relative “worth” based on the presence or absence of disabilities or age. 

Click here to read the OCR's bulletin detailing your protections
under the law.