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Section 1557 Deadline is Here

Please remember that new rules of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act took effect as of October 16, 2016.

A dental practice is covered by the Section 1557 final rule if it receives certain kinds of government funds, such as reimbursement under Medicaid, CHIP, “meaningful use" payments, or Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) plans.

If your practice receives these federal funds, you are required to take steps such as posting nondiscrimination notifications and taglines about free interpreter services in multiple languages in your office, on your website, and in significant publications and communications.

WSDA and ADA have a variety of resources to help members comply with these new rules:

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