DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Notice of Availability of Proposed Data Collection Standards for Race, Ethnicity, Primary Language, Sex, and Disability Status Required by Section 4302 of the Affordable Care Act

SUMMARY: The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is seeking public comment on the proposed data collection standards for race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status, as required by Section 4302 of the Affordable Care Act. The proposed data collection standards are now available on the HHS website

DATES: Submit comments on or before August 1, 2011.


You may submit comments, identified by docket ID number HHS-OMH-2011-0013 by one of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Enter the above docket ID number in the “Enter Keyword or ID” field and click on “Search.” On the next web page, click on the
  • Submit a Comment” action and follow the instructions.
  • Standard U.S. Mail : Office of Minority Health Resource Center, Attention: Affordable Care Act Section 4302 Data Standard Comments, P.O. Box 37337, Washington, DC 20013-73337. Mailed comments must be postmarked by July 27, 2011.
  • Express or Overnight Mail/Courier: Office of Minority Health Resource Center, Attention: Affordable Care Act Section 4302 Data Standard Comments, 1101 Wooton Parkway, Suite 650, Rockville, MD 20852. For courier delivery, please call (800) 444-6472 in advance to schedule delivery.

The Office of Minority Health strongly encourages commenters to submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Comments received, including any personal information, will be posted without change to the docket at as they are submitted, usually within 1 week after submission. While the comment period remains open, individuals may also provide comments in response to already submitted comments that have been posted to the docket.

The submission of comments in response to this notice should not exceed 5 pages, not including appendices and supplemental documents. Any information you submit will be made public. Consequently, do not send proprietary, commercial, financial, business confidential, trade secret, or personal information that you do not wish to be made public.


Rochelle Rollins, PhD, MPH.,
Office of Minority Health,
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600,
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (800) 444-6472

More information here


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