Contact: Audrey Sandusky,

Biden Administration Enhances Critical Patient Protections under Health Care Provider Nondiscrimination Rule

Washington, DC Today, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed rule implementing section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which reinstates and expands patient protections against discrimination in all HHS-supported programs and activities. The following is a statement from Audrey Sandusky, Senior Director, Policy & Communications, at the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA).

“We commend the Biden administration’s action today rescinding a dangerous Trump-era rule which sought to undermine patient protections in the ACA prohibiting discrimination, including the Obama-era regulatory definition that discrimination on the basis of sex extends to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and pregnancy outcomes. This rule reflects the Biden administration’s commitment to putting patients’ health care needs first by strengthening protections in the Affordable Care Act that improve access to and the quality of care for all, safeguarding the health and well-being of millions of people, particularly LGBTQ+ people, people of color, and immigrants. Too many people struggle to get the health care they need without interference, and today’s guidance clears harmful barriers to care and protects patients’ dignity and respect."


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