Legislative Update – Section 1557 of the ACA

Nurse helping elderly woman walk down hallwaySection 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in certain health programs and activities. The final rule on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was released in July 2016 and establishes new standards for implementation.

Who is affected?
The final ruling applies to any health program or activity that receives funding from HHS including: Hospitals or health systems accepting Medicare and or Medicaid; doctors accepting Medicare or Medicaid; health programs administered by HHS; Health Insurance Marketplaces; and health insurance or group health plans participating in Health Insurance Marketplaces.
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