Admin. Drafts Transgender Healthcare Protections Rollback
The Trump administration is drafting plans to undo the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) rule preventing doctors, healthcare organizations, and health insurance companies from discriminating against transgender people. If the Trump administration’s rollback gets passed, it could potentially open the way for clinical staff to turn away a transgender individual from receiving medical attention due to gender identity.
A federal judge in Texas found parts of the existing rule unlawful, maintaining it is a violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and does not include an exemption for clinical staff who had religious or moral objections to gender transitions or abortions.
According to the New York Times:
The rule being drafted by the Trump administration puts federal officials at odds with many medical experts. Dr. James L. Madara, the chief executive of the American Medical Association, urged the administration to preserve the existing protections for transgender people.
Madara said in a letter to Roger Severino, the director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, that the AMA “stands behind” transgender protections and “opposes any modifications to the rule that would jeopardize the health and well-being of vulnerable populations.”
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