Statement of ACAP CEO Margaret A. Murray on Reversal of Section 1557 Nondiscrimination Provision Changes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2021
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STATEMENT OF ACAP CEO MARGARET A. MURRAY ON REVERSAL OF SECTION 1557 NONDISCRIMINATION PROVISION CHANGES
WASHINGTON—Margaret A. Murray, Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), released the following statement on the Biden Administration’s reversal of changes made to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act that allowed for discrimination based on gender identity:
“ACAP applauds Secretary Becerra and HHS for righting a wrong that promised to restrict access to care.
“Many members of the LGBT community face emotional and logistical challenges to securing continuous care and finding providers they can trust.
“The nondiscrimination provisions, as amended by the previous administration, threatened to aggravate those barriers, even before the COVID-19 pandemic further jeopardized access to care.
“The changed rule authorized the denial of medical care — including testing and treatment for COVID-19 — to some populations at greatest risk from this deadly virus, all but guaranteeing to exacerbate existing health disparities.
“ACAP stands firmly against discrimination of any kind in health care. We’re glad to see these changes reversed and ready to work with HHS and the Administration to ensure everyone has access to affordable, top-notch health coverage.”
ACAP represents 78 health plans, which collectively provide health coverage to more than 20 million people. Safety Net Health Plans serve their members through Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Marketplace and other publicly-sponsored health programs. For more information, visit www.communityplans.net.
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