Category: General Strengthening Disability Rights: HHS’s New 504 and 1557 Rules

Strengthening Disability Rights: HHS’s New 504 and 1557 Rules

May 31, 2024

Join AAPD President & CEO Maria Town for a fireside chat with Director Melanie Fontes Rainer from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (@HHSOCR) as they discuss the recent regulations released by HHS and how they impact the disability community.
On May 1, after decades of advocacy from the disability community, HHS released a final rule that updated Section 504. This rule clarifies and strengthens civil rights protections against the constant healthcare discrimination disabled people experience. Last month, on April 26, HHS issued another new finalized rule regarding Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in covered health programs and activities. Both of these final regulations create important protections for disabled people that will improve both the access to services and medical care disabled people receive.
This is an amazing opportunity to ask questions directly to Director Fontes Rainer about two new incredibly powerful tools for combatting disability discrimination. Join us on May 31 at 11AM ET — you do not want to miss this! Register for the webinar here:

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