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New Health Care Non-Discrimination Rules Go Into Effect on October 16, 2016

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination in health care and health coverage on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex. It applies to all health programs that receive federal dollars such as Medicare and Medicaid. Although consistent in many ways with civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in other settings, Section 1557 contains some unique provisions. For example, "sex discrimination" under Section 1557 includes discrimination based on gender identity in health care. This is the first time that a federal law prohibits discrimination of this type in patient care. In addition, Section 1557 and its accompanying regulations create a new focus on national origin discrimination by highlighting the language barriers that individuals with limited English proficiency may face. Under Section 1557, providers must take steps to give individuals with limited English proficiency meaningful access to health care. This includes offering those in need of language assistance with written translations and interpreter services when requested.

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