AAPCHO Commends Partial Block of Rule to Reverse Section 1557 Health Care Protections, Calls for Language Access Protections

August 20, 2020

WASHINGTON —The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) today applauds the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York for the decision to block the Trump administration’s rule to undo Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as the Health Care Rights Law.

Adam P. Carbullido, AAPCHO’s director of policy and advocacy, issued the following statement:

“The Health Care Rights Law is vital to protecting people against health care discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, immigration status, gender identity, age, or disability. AAPCHO commends the court for partially blocking the Trump administration from eliminating key nondiscrimination protections on the basis of sex and gender identity. We join in commending this victory for the LGBTQ community.

“We continue the fight to protect patients who are limited English proficient (LEP) and the Trump administration’s removal of resources that have been critical for them to access and understand their health care rights. Unfortunately, the court did not address the elimination of taglines on significant documents, which would inform LEP individuals, especially many Asian Americans (AAs), Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs) and their families, where they can turn for assistance when receiving care.

“AAPCHO and its members commend the court for this decision. We are committed to working with our members and partners to push for meaningful policy change to protect the overall safety, health, and well-being of AA, NHPI and all families.”


AAPCHO is a national association of community health organizations dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. For more information on AAPCHO, please visit


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