Joe Kennedy III, LGBTQ group rip Trump proposal on transgender protections

Grant Boone
May 26, 2019

Democratic efforts to redefine sex discrimination to include gender identity and abortion protections didn't end with the Obama administration; they've simply moved their fight from the executive branch to the legislative. This would carve #LGBTQ people out of the #ACA's nondiscrimination protections, & invite health care workers, doctors, hospitals, insurance companies that receive fed funding to refuse to provide/cover services critical to health.

"With this proposed regulation", said Gonen, "the Trump administration is inviting mistreatment of the LGBT community, which will likely result in thousands of people going without essential health care services and coverage".

Interestingly, the new proposed rule says HHS's Office of Civil Rights "has decided not to resolve in this rule whether discrimination on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation status alone is a form of sex discrimination". "That's all we are doing here, is making sure we're being fully consistent with the law the people's representatives passed and being faithful to it". The 2016 rule said that healthcare providers can not discriminate against transgender individuals, and the new proposal would strip that section.

But the HHS official overseeing the new regulation said transgender patients would continue to be protected by other federal laws that bar discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age and disability. The regulation, if finalized, would remove all references to gender identity, sex stereotyping and termination of pregnancy in the regulation and would broadly increase the authority of health care providers to refuse service based on religious objection.

Another draft rule proposed on Wednesday by the Department of Housing and Urban Development would allow federally funded homeless shelters and housing programs to bar transgender people from entry, also on the basis of religious freedom.

Severino said HHS's goal is to further the health and well being of all Americans, and that this rule does not change that.

Transgender Americans will no longer be protected from health-care discrimination after the Trump administration rolled back an Obama-era health-care policy on Friday.

In April, the Trump administration issued a response, agreeing with the plaintiffs that the rule is unlawful and indicated it would amend the rule, "which, if finalized, may moot this case".

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Beyond the interpretation of sex discrimination, Severino said the proposed changes would reduce regulatory rules that require insurers have to print and mail unnecessary informational flyers that inform patients and customers of their ability to have "significant documents" translated in at least 15 languages.

The proposal released Friday affects the 2010 health care law, which includes language that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in health care - meaning a person can not be denied coverage or access to care because of his or her sex. "All Americans should be able to choose health care and health insurance that best fits their needs and beliefs", she said in a statement.

In the meantime, the Trump Administration's shameful record on transgender rights underscores the importance of the Equality Act, an omnibus nondiscrimination bill that would protect LGBT people from discrimination across a range of domains.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, fear "of discrimination causes many LGBTQ people to avoid seeking healthcare, and when they do enter care, studies indicate that LGBTQ people are not consistently treated with the respect that all patients deserve".

"The Trump-Pence administration is sanctioning blatant discrimination in health care by attempting to reverse the landmark health care rights law", Fatima Goss Graves, president of the National Women's Law Center, said in a statement.

"We believe in the inherent human dignity of all people", Severino said.

Transgender rights groups contended that the preliminary injunction in Texas could have been contested once a final ruling was made, and possibly overturned.

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