Trump Admn. to Remove Protections Against Trans Discrimination

A doctor showing a patient a syringe used to inject testosterone.

Transgender people may no longer receive protections from discrimination in medicine or health insurance.

The Department of Health and Human Services proposed a rollback of the Obama-era regulation that outlawed discrimination on the basis of sex and gender identity, according to the New York Times. This would allow healthcare providers to deny treatment like gender reassignment surgery to transgender people. 

“The Trump-Pence administration’s latest attack threatens to undermine crucial nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people provided for under the Affordable Care Act,” David Stacy, the government affairs director for the Human Rights Campaign, said, according to the Times. “The administration puts LGBTQ people at greater risk of being denied necessary and appropriate health care solely based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The rule wouldn’t prevent doctors from providing a full range of care. The public can submit comments, concerns, or suggestions for 60 days before the proposed law becomes final.