Everyone deserves access to quality health care, no matter your race, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation. Right now, the Biden Administration is considering changes that would strengthen Section 1557 protections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would help improve care for millions of people across the country. Your story can help turn these proposals into reality so you and your loved ones can access the health care you need free from discrimination or prejudice.
What is Section 1557?
Section 1557, known by some as the “Health Care Rights Law,” is the main nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It prohibits discrimination in health care based on factors like race, ethnicity, language, age, disability, and sex – including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender expression. And it is particularly important for people who live at the intersection of multiple identities!
Who Should Comment?
We are seeking comments from individual people of color or organizations that represent people of color. You may comment on more than one of the following topics:
How have you or someone you’ve known experienced race discrimination in your health care system?
Has your local health care system taken any actions that negatively impacted people of color?
Please describe how you or someone you’ve known has been discriminated against for more than one reason
Does your insurance plan cover all of your health care needs? Describe your experience submitting a grievance to a health care provider. Were they able to help you?
If you are person living with a disability, please describe any issues you have encountered when asking your provider for a reasonable accommodation.
Have you had any issues obtaining quality language services at the doctor or hospital? Please describe whether you or someone you’ve known has been denied abortion access when needed to address an underlying medical condition or pregnancy complication.
Has your LGBTQ+ status made it difficult for you to access the health care that you need?