On Friday May 24, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a new regulation that will jeopardize the health and well being of vulnerable populations such as the LGBTQ community.
The proposed regulation focuses on Section 1557 of the Health Care Rights Law, a part of the Affordable Care Act that bans gender discrimination. The proposal would erase all reference to protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, sex stereotyping, and gender identity.
The Health Care Rights Law bans discrimination against LGBTQ people in all kinds of health care settings — everything from flu shots to visiting an emergency room after a car accident.
This new regulation could confuse patients, providers, and insurers, making it much harder for LGBTQ people to access life-saving care. Our community already faces disturbing rates of health care discrimination including harassment and denials of care, and we often avoid doctor’s offices out of fear of discrimination.
There will be a public comment period before the revision goes into effect. This is your opportunity to tell the administration why you oppose health care discrimination. #PutPatientsFirst