Join us in the fight to prevent discrimination in healthcare. The Administration has proposed a new interpretation of nondiscrimination provisions that would roll back protections of the Health Care Rights Law (Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act). This revision will likely affect the very communities the law protects, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, seniors, people whose primary language is not English, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals.
It will affect people like 15-year old Kyler Prescott, a transgender teenager who was admitted to a hospital for suicidal ideation and self-inflicted injuries. He was repeatedly misgendered then discharged early by hospital staff. Kyle later committed suicide.
It will affect people like Krista and Jami Contreras, who were denied pediatric care for their 6-day old daughter because they are gay.
If strong, clear rules prohibiting discrimination 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.
Here's what you can do to help:
1. If you've been discriminated against in a health care setting because you identify as LGBTQ, consider sharing your story. Click here to be guided through the process.
2. If you support nondiscrimination protections in health care, take a minute to submit a comment and we'll be sure it goes on record. Click here to submit a comment.