A new proposal at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks to strip away explicit health care protections on the basis of gender identity, effectively targeting transgender and gender non-conforming people’s access to critical care.
Erasing these protections is not only discriminatory, but against the public health and the mission of HHS. Join HRC in flooding HHS with comments TODAY.
Here are a few reasons we need to shut this proposal down for GOOD:
- Studies have shown that 56% of lesbian, gay, and bisexual patients and 70% of trans patients have experienced discrimination from a health care provider. This discrimination takes many forms, each painful — some life-threatening.
- Instances of harsh language or treatment severely undermine care, while the denial or delay of treatment can lead to long-term health problems or death. In fact, nearly one-third of trans people report being denied care because of their gender identity.
- The explicit protections under section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have been a powerful tool in combating discrimination against trans and gender non-conforming people.