Let Your Voice Be Heard: the HHS Office for Civil Rights Now Accepting Comments on ACA Non-Discrimination Regulations

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On August 1, 2013, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Request for Information (RFI) on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. This landmark civil rights provision makes it illegal to single out people because of their race, color, national origin, sex (including gender), age, or disability in most health programs (such as hospitals and clinics). The purpose of the RFI is to obtain information that will assist OCR in drafting the regulation. The RFI is particularly important because Section 1557 allots federal ruling jurisdiction over several new provisions made possible by the Affordable Care Act including the new health insurance marketplaces.

The RFI calls on all agencies and advocates for all communities to share their ideas and comments on a range of access and discrimination issues including but not limited to access and provisions for those with limited English proficiency, access to health care programs and activities, and technological barriers posed to certain groups. The Department will be welcoming feedback from consumers, health care providers, and other interested members of the public until September 30, 2013. Let your community’s voice be heard.

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