- New Materials Help Covered Entities Comply with Nondiscrimination Rules
- August 15, 2016
- Law Firm: Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C. - Boston Office
- Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released new materials for covered entities to use to comply with Section 1557, the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act. Section 1557 strengthens protections for populations that have been most vulnerable to discrimination in the health care setting by stating that individuals cannot be subject to discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
Earlier this year, HHS’s Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a final rule implementing Section 1557 and requiring certain health care and coverage providers (“covered entities”) to comply with new requirements beginning July 18, 2016. The new materials are aimed at assisting covered entities in complying with the new rule. The materials include:
- Training materials for covered entities’ employees.
- Model grievance procedure.
- A sample Notice of Nondiscrimination, sample Statement of Nondiscrimination, and Taglines for limited-English proficiency are available in 64 languages.