Trump administration rolls back Obama-era health care protections for transgender people

NBC News 
by Tim Fitzsimons and The Associated Press
May 24, 2019

 

The Trump administration moved Friday to roll back Obama-era protections for transgender patients, the third rule change issued this month that LGBTQ advocates say will sanction discrimination against transgender people.

The Health and Human Services Department’s proposed new rule, released Friday, says in effect that federal laws banning sex discrimination in health care don’t apply to people’s “gender identity.” The proposed rule from HHS reverses President Barack Obama’s administration, which found that the Affordable Care Act’s anti-discrimination section does indeed protect transgender people seeking health care services.

The rule can be finalized after a 60-day public comment period.

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