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JUSTICE IN AGING - "Sec. 1557 Civil Rights Protections - What Aging Advocates Need to Know'
One important yet sometimes overlooked protection of the Affordable Care Act is its non-discrimination mandate Section 1557. This critical provision incorporates existing civil rights laws that protect against discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, age, and disability, and applies them directly to the provision and delivery of health care. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released final regulatory guidance on Section 1557 with an effective date of July 18, 2016 for most covered entities.
Join Justice in Aging as we explore how the protections of Section 1557 affect the obligations of Medicare and Medicaid programs and providers serving older adults. We will look at which programs and entities are affected and discuss language and disability access obligations, the implications of sex discrimination protections on provision of services to LGBT beneficiaries and other important aspects of the protection. Enforcement options will also be covered. For more about Section 1557 read our blog post from earlier this year