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 HHS rule targets more than transgender protections

By Dan Diamond and Adam Cancryn | It guts provisions to ensure patients’ language access, such as requiring health organizations to post certain messages in multiple languages. Advocates like the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum warned that one-third of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have limited English proficiency.

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Final Health Care Rights Law Rolls Back Language Access Protections

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 On June 12, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Final Rule adopting a number of changes to the Health Care Rights Law (Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act). The 2020 Final Rule radically reinterprets civil rights protections under the Health Care…