Section 1553 of the Affordable Care Act
OCR investigates complaints of discrimination based on Section 1553 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination against individuals or institutional health care entities that do not provide assisted suicide services.
Section 1553 of the Affordable Care Act states that the Federal Government, and any state or local government or health care provider that receives federal financial assistance under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act) or any health plan created under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act), may not discriminate against an individual or institutional health care entity because the entity does not provide any health care item or service that causes, or assists in causing, the death of any individual, such as by assisted suicide, euthanasia, or mercy killing.
Health care entities include:
- Individual physician and other health care professionals
- Provider-sponsored organizations
- Health maintenance organizations
- Health insurance plans
- Any other kind of health care facility, organization, or plan
How to File a Complaint Under Section 1553: Prohibition Against Discrimination for Refusal to Provide Assisted Suicide Services