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All the Talk! Affordable Care Act Section 1557 Final Regs Issued

June 11, 2024 (2 min read)

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, or any combination thereof, in a health program or activity, any part of which is receiving federal financial assistance. In late April, Health and Human Services issued final regulations that expand the breadth of Section 1557, much like the rule under the Obama administration. The new rule, effective July 5, 2024, is consistent with policies appearing in HHS’s 2022 proposed regulations, regarding gender-affirming care provided by group health plans, carriers, and third-party administrators (TPAs).

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