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Trump Attacking LGBTQ Health Care

By Charlotte Robinson, April 26, 2020
In the midst of the COVID-10 pandemic the Trump-Pence administration is undermining the rights & welfare of our LGBTQ community by putting a vulnerable population at increased risk for discrimination. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is one step closer to finalizing a major change to the federal regulation implementing the civil rights provision, Section 1557, of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to remove explicit protections for LGBTQ people in health care programs & activities by excluding protections from discrimination based on sex stereotyping & gender identity. Alphonso David HRC President stated, “News flash Mr. President — we get sick, we need health care & we should be protected under law. Time after time, the Trump-Pence administration has methodically worked to undermine the rights & welfare of LGBTQ people by rolling back existing protections. Amid a global pandemic — which is already disproportionately affecting LGBTQ people — the Trump administration’s efforts to remove existing non-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community is unacceptable, blatantly offensive & cruel. We cannot accept an administration that continues to treat us like second class citizens. We will fight this policy & fight to get a pro-equality President into office this November who represents all of us." As the White House pushes back on reports of HHS Secretary Azar's possible removal, in the meantime HHS’s is rushing for a final review by other agencies signaling that publication in the federal register is imminent. Section 1557 of the ACA prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in certain health programs or activities. If this happens it will be a giant step backwards to say the least.
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