I urge you not to roll back the Health Care Rights Law, which would have devastating effects on the transgender community, people with disabilities, people with limited English proficiency, and many others — as well as significantly impede access to abortion care.
The Health Care Rights Law, codified as section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, protects against discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and sex. The law prohibits health care providers, hospitals, and insurance companies from refusing to treat someone because the patient is transgender or needs transition-related services. Similarly, providers cannot refuse to treat someone because the patient previously had an abortion or is currently seeking abortion care.
But the administration’s proposed rule would undermine these essential civil rights protections and cause harm to people seeking health care. For example, the new proposed rule could encourage a doctor to refuse to perform a physical on a transgender person or turn them away from the emergency room simply because of their gender identity. It could also embolden a doctor to refuse to perform a breast exam for a patient who sought an abortion fifteen years ago. The proposed rule would also make it harder for people with disabilities and people with limited English proficiency to access health care services — and for all of us to understand our rights under the law or know what to do if we experience discrimination.
That's completely unacceptable. This assault on health care is part of a broader attack against both transgender people as well as abortion and reproductive health care — and we refuse to turn back the clock on our rights.
And that’s why I urge you to stop sabotaging the Affordable Care Act and reject any policies that discriminate against women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community ... or anyone.