Featured Video: The ACA’s Newest Nondiscrimination Rules and How they Apply to Group Health Plans

September’s Feature Video

The ACA’s Newest Nondiscrimination Rules and How They Apply to Group Health Plans

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Section 1557 provides that individuals shall not be excluded from participation, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any health program or activity which receives federal financial assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The rules applies to any program administered by HHS or any health program or activity administered by an entity established under Title I of the ACA. These applicable entities are “covered entities” and include a broad array of providers, employers, and facilities. State-based Marketplaces are also covered entities, as are Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces. Regulations implementing Section 1557 have raised a number of questions for group health plans and their sponsors.

 

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