Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Public Comments are Now Open for New HHS Standards for Data Collection on Minorities

Proposed HHS Standards for Data Collection on Minorities
Deadline for Public Comments is August 1
HHS is seeking
public comments on draft standards for data collection on race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status, as required by Section 4302 of the Affordable Care Act
Public Comments Requested
How to Comment
How We Will Use Your Comments
For Further Information 

Plan for Health Data Collection on LGBT Populations
Secretary Sebelius announced that HHS would begin collecting data in its population health surveys that would facilitate identification of health issues and reduction of health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations.
Fact Sheet
Under the plan, HHS will integrate questions on sexual orientation and gender identity into national data collection efforts. This includes the testing of questions on sexual orientation and potential incorporation of these questions into the National Health Interview Survey, the department's flagship data instrument for collecting health information on populations, by 2013. This would be the first step toward development of a government-wide standard for LGBT data collection.

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