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Medical treatment for older persons and persons with disabilities: 1990 developments. National Legal Center Staff.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1828064     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The United States Supreme Court reviewed cases involving eligibility standards for children with disabilities to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and a guardian's authority to withhold nutrition and hydration from a permanently disabled incompetent adult. The Americans with Disabilities Act, a major piece of civil rights legislation for persons with disabilities, promises to prohibit discrimination in all areas, including health services. Parents of infants with disabilities have appealed the dismissal of their claim under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act alleging denial of beneficial medical treatment to their children on the basis of disability. State courts continue to examine the rights of competent and incompetent patients, including "mature minors," to forgo life-sustaining treatment, including nutrition and hydration. In 1990, forty states and the District of Columbia had "living will" legislation, and nineteen states and the District of Columbia had durable power of attorney for health care laws; however, the provisions of these laws vary from state to state.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Issues in law & medicine     Volume:  6     ISSN:  8756-8160     ISO Abbreviation:  Issues Law Med     Publication Date:  1991  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-07-03     Completed Date:  1991-07-03     Revised Date:  2006-08-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8511295     Medline TA:  Issues Law Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  341-60     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Disabled Persons / legislation & jurisprudence*
Federal Government
Health Services for the Aged / legislation & jurisprudence*
Informed Consent / legislation & jurisprudence
Judicial Role
Legal Guardians
Life Support Care / legislation & jurisprudence*
Right to Die / legislation & jurisprudence*
Supreme Court Decisions
United States
Withholding Treatment

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