All comments are due by March 27
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed a regulation that would promote discrimination by health care providers. The proposal allows sweeping, dangerous exemptions to patient protections that would encourage health care providers to deny health care to the LGBTQ community, women, and other people.
We need you to tell HHS just how bad this new regulation would be.
HHS is now accepting public comments on this proposed rule. All comments are due by March 27. Speak up, tell your story about why health care discrimination affects you, and let HHS know that no one deserves to be denied care because of who they are or how they live their life. We strongly encourage you to use your own words, including by sharing personal stories of how discrimination or the fear of discrimination in health care or related services has affected you or someone you love, or why you oppose this rule as a person of faith.
CenterLink will submit all comments to HHS. They will be posted openly online and may be used by CAN in our advocacy for equality. You are able to comment using your actual name or a pseudonym. Below is a sample message you can use:
In health care, patients must always come first. This new proposal from HHS encourages health care providers to abandon the principle of “first, do no harm” in favor of their personal beliefs. This puts transgender patients, people who need reproductive health care, and many others at risk of being denied necessary and even life-saving care. LGBTQ people already face high levels of discrimination by health care providers.
[INSERT YOUR STORY HERE]
Along with medical experts and many people of faith, I oppose the proposed regulation. Promoting discrimination is wrong, it is unnecessary, and can harm millions of people who need access to basic care.
If you prefer to submit your comment by mail, please keep in mind that all mail MUST be identified by RIN 0945-ZA03 or Docket HHS-OCR-2018-0002.
U.S. Department of Health and Services, Office for Civil Rights
Attention: Conscience NPRM, RIN 0945-ZA03
Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 509F
200 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20201