CMS Releases Language Accessibility Taglines in 63 Languages
CMS provided translations of language accessibility taglines that Marketplaces, web brokers and qualified health plan (QHP) issuers are required to include on notices and websites for individuals with limited English proficiency. Marketplaces and QHP issuers—and web brokers later this year—are required to include taglines in the top 15 non-English languages spoken in a state. To aid in complying with this requirement, CMS also identified the top 15 non-English languages spoken in each state, totaling the 63 tagline translations. The technical guidance CMS released also reviews requirements related to telephonic interpreter services and website translations.
Supreme Court Orders Parties in ACA Contraceptive Case to Consider Hypothetical Scenario
The Supreme Court is requiring the parties in Zubik v. Burwell to submit briefs describing how contraceptive coverage may be provided to employees through their employer's health insurance plan without violating the employer's preference to exclude contraceptive coverage from the plans. Zubik v. Burwell asks the Court to determine if religiously affiliated employers are unjustly burdened by the accommodation process for the ACA's requirement to cover contraceptive care. This order suggests the court may be considering an alternative to the current accommodation process that is less restrictive, as reported by Health Affairs.