The Trump Administration has published a proposed rule to eliminate key nondiscrimination protections under the Health Care Rights Law (Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act) for LGBTQ seniors, people with limited English proficiency and others in health care settings. If finalized, this rule change would increase the likelihood that older adults would experience discrimination in accessing health care and make it harder for them to seek redress in the face of that discrimination.
This webinar, Changes to the Rule Implementing the Health Care Rights Law and the Impact on Older Adults, will begin with an overview of the Health Care Rights Law. It will then discuss the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to the regulations implementing the law and the ways in which those changes would be particularly harmful to older adults. As outlined in our new resource, “Five Frequently Asked Questions about the Health Care Rights Law and Proposed Changes,” those changes include attempting to eliminate the rights of LGBTQ seniors, rolling back protections for limited English proficient (LEP) older adults, and limiting the way that victims of any type of discrimination can seek redress under the law.
The proposed rule is open for a 60-day public comment period through August 13, 2019. In the coming weeks, Justice in Aging will add resources and tools to this page to help advocates respond.