Friday, September 4, 2015

LGBT Inclusive Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA has proposed a rule that will end discrimination in health care including discrimination based on gender identity & sex stereotyping. Winnie Stachelberg Center for American Progress Executive Vice President for External Affairs stated, “The proposed rule establishing that the Affordable Care Act’s primary nondiscrimination provision, Section 1557, applies to LGBT people is a significant victory for LGBT equality. As we saw from the recent introduction of the Equality Act by more than 200 members of Congress, the charge is growing across the country to eradicate the discrimination that LGBT people & their families continue to encounter in fundamental areas of everyday life, such as health care. These regulations are a critical component of making the right to affordable health coverage & high-quality health care a reality for everyone in America, including LGBT people & their families. We look forward to working with the Department of Health and Human Services to finalize robust regulations codifying these vital protections & to ensure that sexual orientation is explicitly included alongside gender identity & sex stereotyping in the final rule.” Although Section 1557 has been in force since the law’s passage in March 2010 the release of this proposed rule is a critical component of ensuring that all Americans are able to access the health coverage & care they need without encountering discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, including gender identity & sex stereotyping.
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