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HHS/OCR RIN: 0945-AA14 Publication ID: Fall 2020 
Title: ●Special Responsibilities of Medicare Hospitals in Emergency Cases, and Discrimination on the Basis of Disability in Critical Health and Human Services Programs or Activities(Section 610 Review) 

This proposed rule would revise regulations under, among other statutes, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act to robustly address unlawful discrimination on the basis of disability in certain vital HHS-funded health and human services programs.

Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt 
RFA Section 610 Review: Section 610 Review 
CFR Citation: 45 CFR 84    ...     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: sec. 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973    ...   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

In Executive Order 13952, the President directed the Department to issue regulations because of the need to clarify that civil rights protections and medical care standards apply to newborn infants with disabilities whose parents or guardians consent to treatment, and to ensure such laws are robustly enforced. The Executive Order states that some hospitals have or might refuse to provide treatment in compliance with those laws, and the denial of such treatment or discouragement of parents from seeking it devalues the lives of children.

Summary of the Legal Basis:


Anticipated Costs and Benefits:


Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Carla Carter
Supervisory Civil Rights Analyst
Department of Health and Human Services
Office for Civil Rights
200 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20201
Phone:800 368-1019