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ASCRS Submits Comments in Support of HHS Proposal to Revise ACA Section 1557 Regulations by Eliminating Requirement to Distribute Nondiscriminatory Notices and Taglines in 15 Languages

This week, ASCRS submitted comments to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in support of its proposal to revise regulations issued under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by eliminating provisions that require practices to post notices of nondiscrimination and “taglines” in 15 different languages to alert individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) to the availability of language assistance services. We expressed that implementation of the notice and tagline requirements has been particularly complicated and has inflicted additional costs and administrative burdens for our members’ practices.

While the notice and taglines requirements are proposed to be eliminated, HHS maintains in the proposed rule protections for individuals with LEP by retaining the policy to require foreign language translators and interpreter services. We will alert members when the final rule is released.

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