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Justice Department Reaches Agreement with the Washington State Healthcare Authority

August 3, 2018 • Jim Bostrom

This settlement agreement with the Washington State Health Care Authority, a state agency that, among other things, administers the Washington Apple Health program which is Washington’s Medicaid program.  It address the requirement that health care providers are obligated under the Americans with Disabilities Act and its implementing regulations to take those steps necessary to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated, or otherwise treated differently that other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services, unless doing so would be considered a fundamental alteration or undue burden.  Health care providers are obligated to furnish appropriate auxiliary aids or services, when necessary to ensure effective communication with such individuals with disabilities, including companions with disabilities. (signed June 12, 2018)

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