The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights is asking providers for information on their experience with discrimination in health programs, examples of less common types of health programs, and language assistance services for people with limited English language proficiency in an Aug. 1 request for information. The information gathered will inform rulemaking for the civil rights provision of the Affordable Care Act (Section 1557), which protects people from discrimination in the health insurance exchanges. The provision states that health programs or activities receiving federal funding cannot discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. It is the first federal civil rights law to prohibit discrimination based on sex in health care. Comments are due Sept. 30 at 5 pm EDT. More information is available online.
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