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Health Care Discrimination

Federal law specifically protects individuals from many forms of discrimination in the provision of health care services. For example, those who qualify for federal health insurance programs such as Medicare or Medicaid may not be the subject of discrimination based on gender, race, or national origin. These protections can extend to facilities providing services under government health programs such as extended care facilities and hospitals. They also influence who insurance companies may or may not decide to cover. The Health Care Discrimination segment of FindLaw's Civil Rights section provides a general overview for consumers.

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