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AHLA Releases a New Edition to Aid Health Law Professionals as They Examine Evolving Discrimination Laws and Risks

  • July, 11, 2023

Washington, D.C. -  AHLA is pleased to announce a new edition of Federal Health Care Discrimination Law. This new edition provides readers with a solid foundation to help them assess and interpret evolving laws.  

Changes in the law and its interpretation can impact health care operations; the terms, conditions, and administration of coverage; plan and provider communications with enrollees and patients; health care administration; and rules of conduct. As the health care discrimination landscape changes, it is crucial for providers and insurers to address changing federal authorities aimed at protecting access to care.  

“Health care providers and plans have struggled to keep up with the rapid changes in health equity and sex discrimination rules.  This revised edition explains how these requirements have been evolving and how regulators are likely to enforce them in the future.”   

In the new edition, author David Johnson addresses the full range of federal authority in the health care context, including:  

  • Civil rights laws on race, sex, disability, and age 

  • Affordable Care Act (ACA) Section 1557 

  • Mental health parity laws 

  • Freedom of religion and conscience clauses 

  • Communications disability and limited English proficiency requirements  

  • Critical race theory and gender identity  

Interested parties can purchase the new edition here



David Didier Johnson is senior assistant general counsel for a national health care plan. Prior to 2019, he spent his career at Am Law 100 law firms. A significant amount of David’s practice has concerned health care discrimination law issues involving ACA Section 1557, the Americans with Disabilities Act, MHPAEA, and state mental health parity acts. He has written for the American Bar Association, Bloomberg BNA, California Health Law News, U.C. Davis Business Law Journal, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Los Angeles Lawyer, Health Law Perspectives, and many others. He is a frequent speaker on health care law at conferences throughout the United States and is a past Chair of the California State Bar Health Law Committee.