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New Interpretation of Section 1557 Sex Discrimination


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The Department of Health and Human Services released a notice that it will now interpret and enforce the Section 1557 prohibition on discrimination based on sex to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This will be effective immediately.

Section 1557 is part of the Affordable Care Act which states that discrimination on the basis of sex is prohibited in any activity or health program that is administered by a federal agency or receives federal funds. This update was made in light of a recent court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County which states that employment discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

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Haley Llanas

Haley Llanas

Haley Llanas’ philosophy is to work hard but always make time to simply enjoy life. She enjoys interacting with customers and finding solutions to their issues. Haley has a background in mathematics and previously worked in the NIS billing department. As an Account Representative, she specializes in Life and Disability Insurance benefits for public sector organizations in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Florida.