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Updated Guidance on “Long COVID” Disability Nondiscrimination Laws

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently released new guidance on "long COVID" as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.

The guidance provides clarity on how disability nondiscrimination laws apply to certain people affected by COVID-19. Some people continue to experience symptoms that can last weeks or months after first developing COVID-19. This can happen to anyone who has had COVID-19, even if the initial illness was mild. People with this condition are sometimes called "long-haulers"— and the condition they have is known as "long COVID."

For those experiencing "long COVID" symptoms, the following resource can help in determining your options, How ACL's Disability and Aging Networks Can Help People with Long COVID

To view the recent press release, please click here.

If you have questions about implementing the "long COVID" guidance, please reach out to your HCP Support Team.

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