Blog 6/16/2020

Finalized Rule on Section 1557 Protecting Civil Rights in Healthcare

On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized the Rule on Section 1557 Protecting Civil Rights in Healthcare. Among other things, the final rule  REPEALS the requirement that plans/sponsors include the notice and tagline requirement:

The final rule will also relieve the American people of approximately $2.9 billion in unnecessary regulatory burdens over five years from eliminating the mandate for regulated entities to send patients and customers excessive “notice and taglines” inserts in 15 or more foreign languages in almost every health care mailing, costs that get passed down to patients and consumers.  These expensive notices have not generally proven effective at accomplishing their purpose of providing meaningful language access to healthcare.

For details see the HHS press release here: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2020/06/12/hhs-finalizes-rule-section-1557-protecting-civil-rights-healthcare.html?utm_source=news-releases-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=june-14-2020

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