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Alexander v. Choate (1985), even though it was not litigated in an educational context, is significant as one of the U.S. Supreme Court's early decisions on the meaning of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In addressing the question of reasonable accommodations and defenses under Section 504, Alexander should be of interest to those who asked to work with employees who are covered by the statute's provisions.

When, as a cost-saving measure, the state of Tennessee reduced from 20 to 14 the maximum number of days that it would provide support for hospital stays by Medicaid patients, a group of individuals with disabilities filed suit under Section 504. The plaintiffs in Alexander (1985) alleged that the change had such a disparate impact on persons ...

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