Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act is the civil rights provision of the ACA, outlawing discrimination in health programs and activities based on a person’s race, color, national origin, sex or disability. The Department of Health and Human Services issued expansive proposed regulations addressing Section 1557 in September 2015, and it expects to issue final regulations later this year.
Kirsten recently spoke on two panels addressing Section 1557 of the ACA and the HHS proposed regulations, including litigation trends and the provision of health benefits for transgender employees:
ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Midwinter Symposium on Insurance and Employee Benefits, Clearwater Beach, Florida, Jan. 16, 2016: Surf’s Up! New Waves of Litigation Regarding Healthcare Provider Fraud and ACA Interference and Discrimination Claims (panelist).
ABA Labor and Employment Section, Employee Benefits Committee Midwinter Meeting, Las Vegas, Feb. 11, 2016: ACA’s Expansive Nondiscrimination Provision and Transgender Health Benefits (panelist).
She was also quoted in a Bloomberg BNA post on the topic on Feb. 26, 2016.