An advocacy group has sued the Kaiser Foundation, saying it provides inferior care to the disabled in California, the Associated Press reported July 27.
Disability Rights Advocates alleges that Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. hospitals do not offer accessible facilities, examination tables and other medical devices to wheelchair users.
Kaiser representative Tom Debley declined to comment on the lawsuit, but told AP that the foundation complies with state and federal disability guidelines. He also said Kaiser would work with the advocacy group to resolve the dispute.
Kaiser, based in Oakland, Calif., is the largest nonprofit health maintenance organization in the U.S., serving 8 million members in 11 states and the District of Columbia.
Disability Rights Advocates, also of Oakland, has filed about 250 state and federal suits on behalf of the disabled since it was formed seven years ago.
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