Commemorating Girls’s Historical past Month – March 2023

This March we commemorate the various achievements and contributions that thousands and thousands of girls have supplied to society.  Girls make up 50.5% of the U.S. inhabitants, and regardless of this there are nonetheless vital disparities skilled throughout how we entry the healthcare system, the work pressure, and different locations throughout our world.  For instance:

  • For each greenback a non-Latino white man makes, Hispanic girls make solely 55 cents – the most important wage hole skilled by any main racial or ethnic group in america.
  • Black and American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) girls expertise considerably larger charges of maternal morbidity and mortality than White girls.
  • Transgender girls expertise larger charges of violent victimization than cisgender girls.

My workplace, the HHS Workplace for Civil Rights, works to deal with such inequities and assist work in direction of justice in our well being and human companies packages right here on the Division.  I work with my colleagues throughout the U.S. authorities, to assist coordinate and work collectively to assist advance federal companies free from discrimination. The Workplace for Civil Rights enforces a variety of Federal antidiscrimination legal guidelines—together with and —that shield all girls, whether or not they have a incapacity, establish as LGBTQI+, or just want entry to well being care.  OCR additionally works with businesses throughout the Division to advance well being fairness for ladies and women by encouraging enrollment in free and low-cost healthcare and protection, together with however not restricted to Medicare; Medicaid; the Kids’s’ Well being Insurance coverage Program; the Reasonably priced Care Act’s Market; the Well being Sources Providers Administration’s (HRSA) well being facilities; and hospitals, nursing houses, and outpatient amenities coated below the Hill-Burton Act. 

Right now, we remind girls about these legal guidelines which assist them entry well being and human companies free from discrimination.  Some key steering and enforcement work is:

  • On June 1, 2022, we entered right into a with the College of Southern California (USC) and Keck Medication of USC, which requires: the supervision of medical chaperones for delicate well being examinations; notification to college students of their civil rights and USC’s grievance procedures; and sexual harassment prevention coaching for school and employees pursuant to Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the idea of intercourse.
  • In June 2022, OCR issued on how coated well being care suppliers and well being plans can use distant communication applied sciences to supply audio-only telehealth companies in compliance with HIPAA Guidelines.
  • In June 2022 OCR issued on HIPAA and Disclosures of Info Referring to Reproductive Well being Care, to make sure that coated entities perceive that the HIPAA Privateness Rule permits, when sure circumstances are met, however doesn’t require that protected well being data be disclosed to regulation enforcement.  OCR additionally issued for customers on defending the privateness and safety of well being data when utilizing your private cellular phone or pill.
  • In July 2022, OCR issued on federal protections to make sure that individuals with disabilities and people with restricted English proficiency have entry to telehealth.
  • In July 2022, after listening to experiences of sufferers unable to entry mandatory medicines, HHS issued to roughly 60,000 U.S. retail pharmacies, clarifying their obligations below federal civil rights legal guidelines to make sure non-discrimination on the idea of intercourse or incapacity.
  • On August 4, 2022, OCR printed the within the Federal Register. The NPRM proposes to reinstate broad protections below Part 1557, together with particular provisions associated to non-discrimination on the idea of intercourse (together with being pregnant, sexual orientation, and gender identification). OCR anticipates that this rulemaking will end in vital advantages by offering clear steering to well being care suppliers on tips on how to forestall and tackle discrimination.
  • OCR the Language Entry Steering Committee in October 2022 and is working to make sure that LEP individuals have significant entry to HHS-administered well being and human companies packages and actions.
  • OCR issued a on December 1, 2022, reminding regulated entities they don’t seem to be permitted to make use of on-line monitoring applied sciences in a fashion that might end in impermissible disclosures of ePHI to monitoring know-how distributors or another violations of the HIPAA Guidelines.

I’m profoundly grateful for the various advances the ladies’s motion has made in my life, and I’m dedicated to making sure that every one of our rights are enforced and guarded.

Melanie Fontes Rainer
Director, Workplace for Civil Rights
U.S. Division of Well being and Human Providers






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