Washington, D.C. – October 3, 2022 – Every American deserves access to high-quality, affordable health care, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability. With that shared commitment, AHIP submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today on the Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities Proposed Rule.
Here are the highlights:
“Every American deserves access to high-quality, affordable health care, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability. AHIP firmly believes in this commitment, and we strongly support the overarching goal to promote equal access to health care. We also support federal law protections that prohibit discrimination and ensure that care is available and accessible to every American.”
“…health insurance providers have a demonstrated track record of creating innovative approaches to improve health by targeting social determinants of health, implementing innovative care management and intervention programs, and engaging stakeholders across the health care industry to align on shared priorities.”
“As part of our commitment to reducing disparities and increasing access to care, health insurance providers develop and implement effective resources to individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) and individuals with disabilities to ensure they have meaningful access to language services and important supports to effectively use their health insurance.”
AHIP’s comments demonstrate health insurance providers’ commitment to provide coverage that does not discriminate while ensuring provisions of the proposed rule are workable, balance the cost and burden of administrative processes, and ensure people can understand and access their high-quality care. Comments focus on:
- Provisions and amendments to support nondiscrimination.
- Support for people with disabilities or limited English proficiency.
- Streamlining notice requirements.
- The process to detect bias in clinical algorithms.
- Effective dates to support a successful implementation.
AHIP looks forward to working with HHS on policies that promote our shared goal of equitable access to high-quality, affordable health care coverage for every American.
Learn more about how health insurance providers are taking action to address inequities in health care.
AHIP is the national association whose members provide health care coverage, services, and solutions to hundreds of millions of Americans every day. We are committed to market-based solutions and public-private partnerships that make health care better and coverage more affordable and accessible for everyone. Visit www.ahip.org to learn how working together, we are Guiding Greater Health.