Amicus Brief

Provider Conscience Rule Cases: Amicus Briefs

September 2019

Federal courts across the country address the constitutionality of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulation that strengthens protections for health care workers who refuse to provide health services for religious or moral reasons.

Issue
Numerous lawsuits were filed to challenge the validity of the rule, which could impact access to care for many minority groups, including LGBT people.

Impact
Denials of health care authorized or encouraged by the rule could worsen access to and utilization of health care for the 13 million LGBT people age 13 and older in the U.S. The rule could also exacerbate health disparities facing the LGBT population, such as a disproportionately high prevalence of psychological distress, depression, anxiety, substance use, and suicidal ideation and attempts.

Summary
The final rule failed to properly assess the potential harm imposed by the rule, particularly for LGBT patients. LGBT people experience high levels of rejection and discrimination in health care, which are commonly motivated by religion. The experience and expectation of rejection and discrimination are “minority stressors,” which adversely impact LGBT people’s health and well-being.

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Provider Conscience Rule Cases: Amicus Briefs