Final Nondiscrimination Rule Represents An Important Step Forward for Consumers

By Sophie Stern

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released final regulations on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This final rule will ensure that even more consumers can experience the peace of mind that comes with comprehensive health insurance and broader access to the health care system.

As part of Enroll America’s commitment to improving the consumer experience, we offered recommendations to HHS in November 2015, to ensure that all consumers are best positioned to access health care.

This final rule protects millions of individuals by implementing broad anti-discrimination policies. Many communities stand to benefit, but LBGT people in particular, and specifically transgender individuals, will likely see increased protection as this rule broadly prohibits HHS-funded health programs, activities, and entities (including marketplace issuers and various providers) from discriminating against individuals on the basis of gender identity.

Additional protections will also be implemented for people with limited English proficiency and individuals living with disabilities, and will help ensure that these individuals get the information they need when they need it in a language or format that is accessible.

While this is an incredibly important step forward for consumers who have been historically underserved by our health care system, Enroll America will continue to work to improve the consumer experience, and is proud to partner with a diverse network of organizations, including those that advocate specifically on behalf of vulnerable and underserved populations, to help all eligible consumers get covered and stay covered.

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