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Biden administration updates Affordable Care Act rules around discrimination

Coverage of aging is supported in part by AARP Arizona

The Biden administration recently updated several health care-related rules that impact older adults’ health and wellbeing. 

The rules are part of Section 15-57 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex.

"And then when the Trump administration ... did their own rulemaking and rolled back a lot of the protections, including eliminating the requirement that health-care providers and entities to provide notice to people about language access services, and removing the definition of sex discrimination completely," said Natalie Kean with Justice in Aging, a national organization that fights senior poverty.

By removing that definition, Kean says they heard more LGBTQ+ seniors experienced harassment. It took the Biden administration more than a year to go through the process of issuing this final rule.

Kean says the rules also require health-care providers to train their staff on anti-discrimination policies and procedures. 

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KJZZ senior field correspondent Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.