Final Health Care Rights Law Rolls Back Language Access Protections

Fact Sheet

 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…


APIAHF Comment Letter to OCR Section 1557

Letter, Testimony and Comments

APIAHF opposes the proposed changes to Section 1557 in the proposed rule that would limit application of the law to certain covered entities, eliminate protections for LGBTQ+ persons and persons needing reproductive health care, and roll back and eliminate certain language access protections. The NPRM runs counter to the explicit text of Section 1557 and…


Protections for Language Access are at Risk


The Trump Administration has proposed to roll back health care civil rights protections for women, LGBTQ+, and limited English proficient (LEP) people. If this goes unopposed, as many as 25 million LEP Americans could face increased barriers to healthy lives.