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  • Participating Physician Groups (PPG)
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The following nondiscrimination requirements apply.


The plan and its participating providers must comply with the provisions of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) (California Government Code, Section 12900 and following) and the regulations set forth in the California Code of Regulations, Title 2, Chapter 2, commencing with Section 7286.0 and following. The plan and its participating providers may not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap, medical condition, marital status, age, or sex. In addition, the plan and its participating providers ensure the following:

  • Evaluation and treatment of employees and applicants for employment is free of such discrimination
  • Written notice of obligations under this clause is given to labor organizations with which the plan or its participating providers have a collective bargaining or other agreement

Health Programs and Activities

The following requirements apply1, 2:

  • Participating providers must add plan-specific nondiscrimination notices and taglines in significant publications and communications issued to members.To obtain additional information refer to Industry Collaboration Effort (ICE) website. If you are not able to locate specific notices or taglines, contact the Delegation Oversight Department.
  • If necessary, participating providers must assess and enhance existing policies and procedures to ensure effective communication with members.
  • Participating providers must ensure programs or activities provided through electronic or information technology, such as websites or online versions of materials, are accessible to individuals with disabilities. If necessary, participating providers must assess and enhance website compliance with Title II of the ADA.
  • Participating providers must notify the plan immediately of a discrimination grievance submitted by a member and continue to follow the plan's existing issue write-up procedures for detection and remediation of non-compliance. Additionally, participating providers must comply with the plan, regulatory or private litigation research, investigations, and remediation requirements.
  • Participating providers must assess and enhance, if necessary, existing language assistance services to ensure they are compliant.
  • Participating providers must implement, enhance and reinforce prohibitions on exclusions, denials or discrimination such as in design, operation or behavior of benefits or services on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Additionally, they must implement, where applicable:
    • Medical necessity reviews for all gender transition services and surgery.
    • Program or activity changes to avoid discrimination where necessary.
    • Plan design changes where necessary, such as removing categorical gender or age exclusions.
    • Additionally, providers must remove prohibited categorical exclusions and denial reasons, and update nondiscrimination policies and procedures to include prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of sex, including gender identity and sex stereotyping.
  • Participating providers can consider implementing the following:
    • Ability to capture gender identity.
    • Mandatory provider and staff civil rights and/or cultural sensitivity training.

1 For Medicare Advantage and Commercial products: In addition to the State of California nondiscrimination requirements and in accordance with Section 1557, 45 CFR Part 92 of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA).

2 For Medi-Cal and Dual Special Need Plans: In addition to the State of California nondiscrimination requirements, and in accordance with all applicable federal requirements in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (regarding education programs and activities, as amended); the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 including sections 504 and 508, as amended; Titles I, II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010; and federal implementing regulations issued under the above-listed statutes.

Last Updated: 07/01/2024