You have an opportunity to increase protections against health care discrimination. Act now to submit your comments to the Health and Human Services Department about a proposed update to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.

The change would expand protections in health care discrimination based on race, ethnicity, language, age, disability and sex, including pregnancy, sexual orientation and gender expression. These protections are particularly important for people who live at the intersection of multiple identities.

As part of the normal regulatory process to update or change a law, you can submit comments about the proposed change to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by Oct. 3. After that, HHS will review all comments and decide whether to proceed with, modify or withdraw the proposed update. If the agency proceeds with the change, the rule would take effect about a month after it’s published in the Federal Register. A decision is expected in 2023.

Use this template to submit a message about how discrimination in a health care setting has affected you, your loved ones or the broader PH community. Include at least a sentence or two in your own words to the generic template so your comments will be counted as a unique submission.

Share your message now.

For more information, email us or call PHA’s advocacy coordinator at 301-565-3004 x758.