On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act to protect individuals from discrimination in health care on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity, and sex stereotyping. Section 1557 is enforced by the Office for Civil Rights, the federal agency that enforces HIPAA.

A dental practice is covered by Section 1557 if it receives certain kinds of government funds, such as reimbursement under Medicaid or CHIP, or “meaningful use” payments.

 

Go to the ADA Website ADA.org/1557 for more information