HHS OCR finalized a new rule under Section 1557 to advance health equity and reduce health disparities by strengthening protections for some of the populations that have been most vulnerable to discrimination in the health care context. Section 1557 is the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act and states that individuals cannot be subject to discrimination based on their race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
- Training materials for physicians and their staff include a slide deck and a presenter’s guide.
- Covered entities with 15 or more employees are required to have a grievance procedure and a compliance coordinator. A model grievance procedure is available on the website..
Beginning October 17, 2016, covered entities will be required to post Notices of Nondiscrimination and Taglines that alert individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) to the availability of language assistance services. Sample documents of a Notice of Nondiscrimination, Statement of Nondiscrimination and Taglines are available for download in 64 languages. Click here for details.
Additional information about Section 1557, including fact sheets on key provisions and frequently asked questions, are also found on this website. These materials are translated in the top 15 languages nationally.