Chinatown Service Center et al. v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services et al.

Docket No.
District Court
District of Columbia


  • Invalidate all or part of a federal regulation
  • Stop the government from enforcing the statute or regulation

Litigation Content

Why this Matters: 

The plaintiffs argue that a federal regulation implementing the Affordable Care Act’s nondiscrimination protections — weakening certain language access requirements for people with limited English proficiency — violates the Administrative Procedure Act. The nondiscrimination protections included in the Affordable Care Act protect various communities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, that have historically faced particular difficulties accessing health care services, and where such patients have faced worse health outcomes.

Potential Impact: 

Eroding nondiscrimination protections for people with limited English proficiency would expose them to greater challenges in accessing needed services and care.