The Obama administration announced a new rule barringdiscrimination in health care based on a number of differentpersonal characteristics.

According to a statement from the Department of Health and HumanServices, the new rule prohibits discrimination in health carebased on “race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex” aswell as pregnancy and gender identity.

The rule is the finalized version of a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act(PPACA) that barred discrimination in health carebased on sex. PPACA supporters touted that provision during thedebate over the landmark health law in 2010 as a way to finallyprohibit insurers from charging women more for coverage thanmen.

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