AHIP Asks Feds to Table Proposal Aimed at Curtailing Biased Algorithms

The health insurance industry’s largest trade group is asking the Biden administration not to implement a proposal that would hold insurers responsible for discriminatory decisions made by clinical algorithms — saying HHS should instead work with stakeholders to better understand the issue.

The Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities Proposed Rule, which HHS rolled out in August, primarily serves to reinstate nondiscrimination regulations that the Trump administration unwound — for example, by specifying that sex-based discrimination encompasses sexual orientation and gender identity. The proposals apply to all health programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance, such as hospitals that take Medicare patients and all health insurers that receive federal funding.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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