Although a portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibiting discrimination in health care has already been implemented, the Organized Dentistry Coalition has asked the federal government for more time to comply.
Claiming the deadline for implementing the rule was too short, the coalition’s July 29 letter to the Office of Civil Rights was signed by the American Dental Association (ADA) and a dozen other dental groups.
Section 1557 of the ACA -- banning discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age or other factors -- was implemented July 18 for entities receiving federal funding. Although compliance is required for providers reimbursed through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, it is not required for Medicare Part B. However, a ruling is forthcoming on whether Medicare Part C is exempt.
The ADA offers resources for compliance with the regulation. Visit www.ada.org/1557 for more details.