The ACA’s Newest Nondiscrimination Rules and How they Apply to Group Health Plans
Lorie Maring hosted a webinar in partnership with UBA (United Benefit Advisors) entitled "The ACA’s Newest Nondiscrimination Rules and How they Apply to Group Health Plans" on September 13, 2016.
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 HHS on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The rule 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.