Virtual Listening Session: Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

By National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Section 1557 of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act Virtual Listening Session; September 6, 2022; 1-2:30 PM ET; Featuring: Pilar Whitaker, MaryBeth Musumeci, and Mara YoudelmanDiscrimination is a health harming-legal issue. When discrimination occurs in health programs and activities, it directly undermines and threatens the efforts of health care providers who work collaboratively with lawyers to form medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) that have been shown to improve the patient and population, improve the quality of care, reduce system costs/barriers, and increase access to justice. Section 1557 of the ACA helps to ensure that the populations served by MLPs can access care and coverage in a nondiscriminatory manner. Right now, there is an opportunity for MLP practitioners to weigh in on how the proposed changes to the implementing regulations for Section 1557 helps to protect their patients.


Attendees joined the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership along with subject matter experts Pilar Whitaker (Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law), MaryBeth Musumeci (Department of Health Policy & Management, The George Washington University), and Mara Youdelman (National Health Law Program) for an interactive virtual listening session that provided MLP practitioners with:


1) an overview of the proposed changes to the rule,
2) recommendations on how you can weigh in, and
3) a platform to share information about what you are seeing on the ground.