​New Federal Regulations

This year the federal government has been hard at work crafting regulations to ensure members, potential members, and employers are not discriminated against.

In March, subregulatory guidance was released regarding meaningful access to Qualified Health Plan information.

In May, the final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act came out. Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs or activities. A key provision is ensuring meaningful access for individuals with limited English proficiency.

Employers and individuals will now see a box with taglines in the top 15 languages spoken in Wisconsin on certain documents. Smaller documents, such as postcards and tri-fold brochures, will include taglines in the top two languages spoken in Wisconsin.

Also critical is the law’s charge to clearly spell out the health insurance issuer’s dedication to non-discrimination, and to develop and maintain a complaint process for individuals and employers to report discrimination. Employers and individuals will now see a paragraph with this information in certain documents. For more information, call your Unity Account Executive or view the HHS Office for Civil Rights website, which has quick guides and FAQs: