Equality Caucus Applauds Biden Administration for Strengthening Protections Under Section 1557 of the Affordable

Equality Caucus Applauds Biden Administration for Strengthening Protections Under Section 1557 of the Affordable

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Mon, 07/25/2022 - 10:50

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus today applauded the Department of Health and Human Service’s proposed changes to strengthen protections under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557 of the ACA prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability in certain health programs and activities. Among its provisions, the proposed rule announced today, Nondiscrimination in Health programs and Activities, explicitly clarifies that Section 1557’s prohibition of sex discrimination includes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics. This builds on the Obama Administration-era Section 1557 rule, which made clear that discrimination on the basis of sex includes gender identity discrimination.

“Over the past several years we have seen relentless attacks on the ability of LGBTQI+ people to access healthcare, including the Trump Administration’s rollback of protections under Section 1557 and state-level attacks on access to gender affirming care. Today, the Biden Administration took a critical step in righting this wrong by proposing a rule that would ensure explicit protections for all LGBTQI+ people from discrimination in health care,” said Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), Chair of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus. “No matter who you are or who you love, you deserve to have access to health care without discrimination. This rule will help make that a reality. I thank the Biden Administration for issuing this proposed rule and look forward to working with the Department of Health and Human Services to finalize this proposal.”

View the proposed Nondiscrimination in Health programs and Activities rule here. A fact sheet of the rule is available here.

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