Earlier this year, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which provides explicit protections against discrimination on the basis of, among other grounds, sex and gender identity in health care and insurance. Moreover, the rule also heightens communication assistance for people with disabilities and for those with limited proficiency in English language. Simply stated, under the nondiscrimination regulations, ACA-covered entities should not deny, cancel, or refuse issuance of health coverage and care to the above protected individuals.
The final rule immediately requires these entities, including employers offering employee benefit health programs who are subject to the rule, to take outright steps to revise any discriminatory provisions in their health and welfare plan documents. However, while it is clear to any health care entity or individual provider to take prompt action, many questions and uncertainties remain. Still, the scope of the discrimination requirements under Section 1557 is too broad. Also, it is sensible to note that while many employers may not be directly subjected to Section 1557, the rule will still impact their plan design if their employee health insurance carrier or third party administrator (TPA) is a covered entity.
In this two-hour LIVE webcast, a panel of key thought leaders and professionals will help employers and entities subject to Section 1557 to understand the scope and limitations of the new regulations. Speakers will also provide the audience with key strategies in ensuring full compliance and will offer the best practices in adapting to future key developments under the ACA.
Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:
- Section 1557
- Discrimination in Healthcare
- Immediate Impacts
- Identifying Changes in Employer Obligations
- Effective Date and Timeline for Specific Actions
- Other Legal Challenges to ACA Subsidies
- Compliance Issues and Litigation Risks
- Best Practices in Mitigating Risk
- Up-to-the Minute Regulatory Developments