Trump Administration Proposed Rule To Reverse Protections For Transgender Patients
by Alison Kodjak
May 24, 2019
The federal Department of Health and Human Services is proposing to roll back an Obama-era policy intended to protect transgender people from discrimination in health care.
Roger Severino, director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, said the proposed rule, released Friday, would revise protections put into place in 2016 as part of the Affordable Care Act that defined discrimination “on the basis of sex” to include gender identity. Gender identity was interpreted as one’s “internal sense of being male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female.”
Two lawsuits temporarily blocked that definition from being implemented. Today’s proposed action by HHS would go along with those court rulings and permanently remove gender identity from the classes protected from discrimination by the health care law.