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What You Need to Know About Sections 504, 508 and 1557

You likely saw that CMS recently released a FAQ document on Section 504 and Section 1557. This FAQ document provides clarity on requirements that several organizations have been questioning since the guidance on Section 1557 was first released last year. This memo is specific to disabled individuals and does not address individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP).

Please note: That the website has an FAQ on Section 1557 that does address LEP.

These sections are easy to confuse, so BluePeak is providing a visual cheat sheet for your reference below.

What you need to know about sections 504, 508 and 1557 Read below for our guide to help keep these important sections staright Section 504 requires effective communication, including through the provision of auxiliary aids and services; establishes standards for accessibility of buildings and facilities; requires that health programs provided through electronic and information technology be accessible; and requires covered entities to make reasonable modifications to their policies, procedures, and practices to provide individuals with disabilities access to a covered entity's health programs and activities. Section 508 requires that all website content be accessible to people with disabilities. This applies to Web applications, Web pages and all attached files on the intranet, as well as internet. Section 1557 is the non-discrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in health programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance or are administered by an Executive agency or any entity established under Title I of the ACA. This section also covers individuals with LEP. Discover More at: Free Consultation, email:

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