On May 18, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule to implement Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination in health coverage and care based on race, color, national origin, age or disability, and, for the first time sex. This Issue Brief provides a technical summary of Section 1557 and the final rule and highlights new protections and provisions included in the law and rule. Notably, Section 1557 is the first federal civil rights law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in health care. Moreover, the proposed rule extends the definition of sex discrimination to include discrimination on the basis of gender identity. In addition, the final rule establishes regulations related to the provision of language assistance services based on long-standing HHS policy guidance.
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Women, HIV & Intimate Partner Violence: New Campaign Puts Spotlight on Little-Known Issue During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Major Players in Domestic Violence, HIV and Women’s Health Confront Silence and Barriers to Care MENLO PARK, Calif., Oct. 20, 2015 – One in three women in the United States experiences intimate partner violence. For women living with HIV, it is one in two. Having an abusive partner is associated…
People with HIV Who Gained Health Coverage Under ACA Are More Comfortable Navigating Insurance Two Years Later, But Problems Persist, Others Remain Uninsured
A new Kaiser Family Foundation report based on focus groups conducted in five states finds people living with HIV are more comfortable with navigating health insurance two years into the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major coverage expansions. Those in the marketplaces and Medicaid recognize their new benefits but often continue…
New Campaign Features Top YouTube and Social Media Stars To Educate Young People About Latest In HIV/AIDS
“Girl, no! You cannot get HIV like that!,” exclaims YouTube star Todrick Hall in a new video for HIV BEATS, an upbeat and informative new series from #endHIV and Greater Than AIDS, made in collaboration with YouTube. Featuring top YouTube influencers, the series debuts on the 35th anniversary of the…
UPDATE: Due to snow in the Washington area, this Kaiser Family Foundation scheduled event in Washington, D.C., is cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience and will let you know if we are able to reschedule the event at a later date. The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major coverage reforms have…
In his latest column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses a recent success in global HIV treatment and how successes may get less attention than they deserve because of prevailing attitudes about the corruption in foreign aid. All previous columns by Drew Altman are available.
“The ACA and People with HIV: Profiles from the Field” video series features people with HIV sharing their experiences with health coverage in the ACA era, including those living in the “coverage gap” as well as those who have gained insurance coverage. The videos highlight the role the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program continues to play in the lives of people with HIV.
Marketplace Health Plan Options for People with HIV Under the ACA: An approach to more comprehensive cost assessment
Based on an analysis of 300 possible scenarios, this brief estimates costs HIV positive individuals might expect to face when enrolled in marketplace health plans and describes the characteristics of plans that might offer the greatest value.
New Analysis Finds Marketplace Plans with Lowest Premiums Are Often Not the Most Cost-Effective Option for People with HIV
Among 300 Enrollment Options Examined, an HIV Positive Enrollee Could Save $4,000 on Average by Assessing a Fuller Range of Costs A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis finds that people living with HIV could benefit from looking beyond premium costs when shopping for a health plan in the marketplace –…
The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major coverage reforms have created new pathways to insurance coverage for millions of Americans, including those with HIV. How have these changes affected coverage and access to care for people with HIV? Who has gained new coverage and who has been left out? On May 4 at 9:30 a.m. ET, the Kaiser Family Foundation held a policy briefing to discuss these questions with a panel of experts.