HHS issues new LGBT protections, reversing Trump rules

by ian

This week the Department of Health and Human Services issued a new rule under the Affordable Care Act that bars hospitals that receive federal funds from denying treatments for LGBT patients. It does this by extending rules against sex discrimination to also include sexual orientation and gender identity.

The changes reverse a Trump-era rule that limited sex discrimination to “biological sex.” However, protections for religious freedom and conscience are still in place under the new rule, meaning doctors can’t be forced to perform a procedure that violates their core beliefs.

Twenty-four states have laws banning or restricting transgender treatments for kids. Several Republican attorneys general have threatened to sue the HHS if the policy is enforced.