Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Discrimination 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.