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ACA Section 1557

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act provides that an individual cannot, on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any covered health program or activity.

Covered Health Programs & Activities

Section 1557 covers:

  • Any health program or activity, any part of which receives federal financial assistance (such as hospitals that accept Medicare or doctors who accept Medicaid);
  • Any health program that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services itself administers; and
  • Health Insurance Marketplaces and issuers that participate in those Marketplaces.

Limited Applicability to Employer-Sponsored Health Benefit Programs


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