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Health Department announces new rule weakening nondiscrimination protections for trans people


Added 05-24-19 09:59:01am EST - “The rule makes revisions to the chief nondiscrimination provision of Obamacare, known as "Section 1557."” - Thinkprogress.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thinkprogress.org: “Health Department announces new rule weakening nondiscrimination protections for trans people”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new rule Friday that would seriously harm transgender people’s access to health care.

The department announced a revision to the nondiscrimination section of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as “Section 1557.” That provision prevented discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, and sex. Under the Obama administration, the department interpreted sex discrimination to also include discrimination against transgender people. On Friday, however, HHS announced that it would only recognize the “plain meaning of the term.”

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