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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 04:42 PM

Trump administration prepares a rule civil rights groups worry may deny care to transgender patients

Source: Washington Post

Trump administration prepares a rule civil rights groups worry may deny care to transgender patients

U.S. “has returned to its long-standing position” that sex discrimination does not include gender identity, court filing says.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha April 24 at 12:10 PM

Trump administration officials are working on a new rule civil rights organizations fear could essentially blow up the nondiscrimination protections of the Affordable Care Act for LGBTQ individuals and make it easier for hospitals, physicians or insurers to deny care or coverage to transgender people for religious reasons.

The debate centers on the word “sex” as it applies to those provisions. Some faith-based health-care organizations protested in 2016 when President Barack Obama’s Health and Human Services Department interpreted the term to include gender identity and transgender people as protected classes.

They worried they could be forced to provide surgery, medications or other care to help transgender people transition to the opposite sex — and several groups filed suit, arguing it violated their religious freedoms.

This month, as part of an 18-page filing in a Texas lawsuit, Trump administration officials at HHS said they agree the Obama-era rule is illegal and that they are rewriting it.

“The United States has returned to its long-standing position that the term 'sex’ . . . does not refer to gender identity,” HHS attorneys wrote.

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Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2019/04/24/trump-administration-prepares-rule-that-civil-rights-groups-worry-may-deny-care-transgender-patients/

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