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Viernes, Mayo 13, 2016

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Statement on Federal Nondiscrimination Protections by HHS

Press Release
Washington
RaeAnn Roca Pickett, Senior Director of Communications & Public Affairs Phone: 202 621 1409 Email: raeann@latinainstitute.org

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination and protects Latinxs
 
Washington, D.C. —The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final regulation implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in health care by certain covered entities. The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) nondiscrimination provision is the first federal civil rights law ever to broadly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded health programs.
 
Ann Marie Benitez, senior director of government relations for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), issued the following statement: 
 
“We thank the Administration for issuing the final rule on ACA Section 1557 and believe it will contribute to the health equity of our communities, promote equal access to healthcare for all, and increase affordability and accessibility of coverage and care for all individuals.  ACA Section 1557 is the first federal civil rights law that has prohibited sex discrimination in healthcare and we thank the Administration for taking this important step in ensuring access to quality health care for all by providing necessary clarity on this essential provision. Thanks to the advocacy of many organizations, including NLIRH, the final rule does not include a new religious exemption to its implementation.”
For more information on how NLIRH is working to protect, enroll and ensure access, visit us at latinainstitute.org or on Facebook and Twitter @NLIRH. 
 
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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 28 million Latinas, their families and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.