Groups plan lawsuit after Trump administration reverses transgender health care protections

Groups plan lawsuit after Trump administration reverses transgender health care protections

Groups plan lawsuit after Trump administration reverses transgender health care protections

While the ACA has severe failings as a public health program, its anti-discrimination protections stand out in a country where the Red Cross still refuses blood donations from gay and trans people, and people with AIDS and COVID-19 are being disqualified from receiving life-saving ventilator care in some areas if someone else judged more valuable to society needs the ventilator.

The rule is slated to take effect in 60 days. The rule defines gender identity as "male or female and as determined by biology", not, as the Obama administration put it, "one's internal sense of gender, which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female". "They also face persistent discrimination in health care settings, which is a concern for many transgender adults".

Roger Severino, director of the Office for Civil Rights at the Health and Human Services department, has argued that when members of Congress who passed the 2010 Affordable Care Act prohibited providers receiving federal funding from discrimination on the basis of sex, they meant "the plain meaning of the term". So yeah, the now back to the outdated and incorrect "vagina=woman, penis=man" rules of gender identity.

Transgender rights activists protested in front of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in D.C. on June 13, 2020. The Obama administration had issued the first-time protections for LGBTQ patients under a nondiscrimination clause in the Affordable Care Act, citing concerns from advocates these patients had a harder time accessing necessary care. In addition, an estimated 217,000 transgender people are age 65 and older. "It not only denies people their lived experiences but undermines their ability to seek health care with dignity".

In response to the question "Am I still protected from health care discrimination?" the page writes, "No matter what the Trump Administration says or does, the Health Care Rights Law is the law of the land, and most courts have said it protects transgender people".

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HHS officials announced the finalized rule Friday (PDF), saying they would "restore the rule of law" and save about $2.9 billion in "undue and ineffective regulatory burdens over the next five years". "We are unwavering in our commitment to enforcing civil rights in health care".

Donald Trump has chose to erase Obama-era transgender healthcare protections two weeks into Pride Month and on the anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

For now, human rights organisations like the HRC are starting the process of challenging this new policy in court. We mourn the LGBTQ lives lost by Covid-19, by homophobia and hatred, by police brutality and by a system that continues to attack us for who we are and who we love.

In an utterly heartless move, the Trump administration on Friday eliminated health care protections for transgender people in the US during an ongoing global pandemic that has claimed more lives in the USA than in any other country.

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