Nondiscrimination in Health Program Rules Will Impact Certain 2017 Benefit Plans

Nondiscrimination in Health Program Rules Will Impact Certain 2017 Benefit Plans

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) regarding nondiscrimination in federally funded health programs. Effective the first day of plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2017, the final rule:

  1. Prohibits discrimination in health care on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex (including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity and sex stereotyping);
  2. Enhances language assistance for people with limited English proficiency; and
  3. Helps to ensure effective communication for individuals with disabilities.

These nondiscrimination protections apply to all health programs and activities that receive federal funding from HHS or that are administered by HHS, including both federally facilitated and state-based Exchanges.

To read more regarding the nondiscrimination protections, please click here.

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