HHS Finalizes Federal Rule Weakening LGBTQ Health Care Protections

June 12, 2020 • 5:10 pm

WASHINGTON–Today the Department of Health and Human Services published a final federal rule that weakens federal nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people in health care and undermines the ability of millions of LGBTQ people to obtain fair and appropriate medical treatment.

Kasey Suffredini, CEO and national campaign director of Freedom for All Americans, issued the following statement in response to the news:

“In the midst of a global public health crisis, the Administration’s decision to weaken health care access for LGBTQ Americans is stunning. Emboldening medical care providers to turn away LGBTQ patients will have a devastating human toll on millions of LGBTQ Americans and increase risk for all Americans during this pandemic. This is a moment in history when all of us as Americans are united in our ability to relate to the fear of not being able to access medical care when we need it most. The vast majority of Americans want to see their LGBTQ friends, family members, and neighbors treated with basic dignity and respect, and they must publicly reject this heartless, divisive, and dangerous action.

“This discriminatory action comes as the Supreme Court is poised to rule on three landmark LGBTQ nondiscrimination cases, and it further underscores the urgent need both for the Court to affirm protections for LGBTQ workers AND for Congress and states to pass comprehensive protections into law that ensure all LGBTQ Americans are protected against discrimination in all areas of life. This includes health care, which should never be denied to anyone –especially during a pandemic –just because of who they are.”

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