ALERT: Protect The Nondiscrimination Provision Of The Affordable Care Act
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The Administration is proposing a harmful new interpretation of the nondiscrimination provision in an attempt to roll back protections of the Health Care Rights Law (Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act) under the guise of religious freedom. This proposal is currently in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for review.
Freedom of religion is important, which is why it is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. However, religious freedom doesn’t give anyone the right to discriminate against others, or to refuse them care.
Existing laws already allow health care providers to put their religious beliefs before patient care. The proposed rule would expand those laws in new ways. The LGBTQ community, women, and other people could be at great risk.
LGBTQ people face disturbing rates of health care discrimination including harassment and denials of care, and often avoid doctor’s offices out of fear of discrimination. LGBTQ community centers continually work to overcome stigmas and discrimination, and this policy will significantly increase the time they spend helping individuals find alternative care.
If strong, clear rules prohibiting discrimination based on religion are eliminated, it will lead to confusion, unequal access, and potential rollbacks of landmark progress in health coverage and care, particularly for women and LGBTQ patients.