Today, the Human Rights Campaign reacted to the arguments before the United States Supreme Court in California v. Texas, which will determine the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA):
As part of its efforts to realize the promise of the ACA for all, HRC, alongside co-counsel BakerHostetler, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Trump-Pence administration on behalf of two transgender women of color who have experienced a lifetime of severe and pervasive discrimination from health care providers. The lawsuit challenged a regulation by the United States Department of Health and Human Services which would have illegally stripped away critical sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination protections in the ACA. In August, HRC secured a preliminary injunction, preventing the rule from taking effect.
According to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s analysis of the 2018 Behavioral Risk Factor Assessment System, the nation’s premier system of health-related telephone surveys, 17% of LGBTQ adults do not have any form of health insurance coverage, compared to 12% for their non-LGBTQ counterparts. Furthermore, 23% of LGBTQ adults of color and 22% of transgender adults and 32% of transgender adults of color have no form of health insurance coverage.
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