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HHS 2023 Proposed Cost Parameters Would Prohibit Discrimination Primarily based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Id

PPACA; HHS Discover of Profit and Cost Parameters for 2023; Proposed Rule, 45 CFR Elements 144, 147, 153, 155, 156, and 158, 87 Fed Reg. 584 (Jan. 5, 2022)

Proposed Rule

Reality Sheet

HHS has proposed laws that may amend and refine a number of profit fee parameters and different Reasonably priced Care Act (ACA) insurance coverage market and Alternate associated guidelines for 2023. Most provisions are aimed particularly at insurers and Alternate regulators, together with necessities for Alternate community adequacy critiques, particular enrollment interval verifications, verification of employer-sponsored protection within the context of advance fee of premium tax credit, and high quality enchancment technique requirements (with implications for medical loss ratio calculations). Notably, the proposals would additionally amend the ACA assured availability laws to explicitly prohibit well being insurers, brokers, brokers, and Exchanges from discriminating in opposition to people in advertising and marketing practices and profit designs primarily based on sexual orientation and gender id.

HHS explains that pre-2020 guaranteed-availability laws prohibited advertising and marketing practices or profit designs that discriminated primarily based on sexual orientation or gender id, along with race, shade, nationwide origin, current or predicted incapacity, age, intercourse, anticipated size of life, diploma of medical dependency, high quality of life, or different well being circumstances. Nevertheless, in 2020, ACA Part 1557 laws not solely repealed guidelines defining discrimination “on the premise of intercourse” to incorporate discrimination primarily based on gender id for functions of Part 1557 (see our Checkpoint article), but in addition revised the guaranteed-availability laws by eradicating references to sexual orientation and gender id as impermissible bases of discrimination. If finalized, this proposal would reinstate the pre-2020 nondiscrimination protections with respect to assured availability.

EBIA Remark: Along with these proposed modifications to the guaranteed-availability laws, HHS issued a discover in Could 2021 saying that, regardless of the 2020 revisions to the Part 1557 guidelines, it should interpret and implement the Part 1557 prohibition on discrimination “on the premise of intercourse” as together with discrimination on the premise of sexual orientation and gender id (see our Checkpoint article). The 2020 Part 1557 laws are concerned in ongoing litigation (see, e.g., our Checkpoint article), and HHS has indicated that it intends to re-propose the Part 1557 laws in 2022. For extra info, see EBIA’s Well being Care Reform handbook at Sections XIV.B (“Assured-Availability and Assured-Renewability Guidelines”) and XXXIV.A (“Part 1557 Nondiscrimination: Grounds Prohibited Beneath Federal Legal guidelines”). See additionally EBIA’s HIPAA Portability, Privateness & Safety handbook at Part XVIII.B (“Assured-Availability Guidelines”).

Contributing Editors: EBIA Workers.



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