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LGBTQ Health & Advocacy Orgs Sue HHS

By Charlotte Robinson, July 10, 2020
Fenway Health in Boston has joined a coalition of health care providers, LGBTQ advocacy groups & patients as a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed challenging the legality of a new rule published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services that eliminates & undermines the protections against discrimination in healthcare, in particular on the basis of sex that are currently in place in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Ellen LaPointe Fenway Health CEO stated, “It is unconscionable that the Trump Administration would purposefully make it harder for LGBTQIA+ people to access essential health care & health insurance. That they are doing so in the midst of a global COVID-19 pandemic that has already claimed the lives of more than 130,000 U.S. residents, put 14 million people out of work & exacerbated significant racial & ethnic disparities in access to healthcare & health outcomes only serves to magnify the heartlessness of this unlawful action.” The lawsuit, BAGLY v. HHS, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Other plaintiffs are The Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth (BAGLY), Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Campaign for Southern Equality, Equality California, The Transgender Emergency Fund & Darren Lazor, 35, a transgender man who experienced numerous instances of discrimination in healthcare settings based on his gender identity from 2012 through 2017. The Trump Administration has additionally removed 10 other sexual orientation & gender identity nondiscrimination provisions from federal regulations governing health care, health insurance & elder services that will harm LGBTQ people who have benefitted from them.
For More Info: fenwayhealth.org
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