WASHINGTON — The Trevor Project has denounced a new rule that would roll back protections on LGBTQ healthcare. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is suing the administration over it.
“Access to quality health care without discrimination is critical right now, and thankfully, whatever this new rule may say, LGBTQ people are still protected under the law,” said Sam Brinton, Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs for The Trevor Project. “This rule sends a dangerous and confusing message to health care providers at the worst possible time. In the midst of a global pandemic with serious implications for the LGBTQ youth The Trevor Project serves, the last thing our nation needs is for the administration to suggest, contrary to the plain language of the Affordable Care Act, that medical care providers don’t have to treat transgender and nonbinary people with the same care and respect as everybody else.”
The Trevor Project said that despite what the new rule says, all LGBTQ people are still protected from being discriminated against under the law when it comes to health care and health insurance. And that LGBTQ organizations will sue to ensure it.
HRC is one of those organizations. Hours after news of the new rule broke, the organization announced it was filing suit challenging the decision to roll back Obama-era protections of the ACA.
“We cannot and will not allow Donald Trump to continue attacking us. Today, the Human Rights Campaign is announcing plans to sue the Trump administration for exceeding their legal authority and attempting to remove basic health care protections from vulnerable communities including LGBTQ people. And, to add insult to injury, the administration finalized this rule on the anniversary of the Pulse shooting, where a gunman killed 49 people in an LGBTQ nightclub,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “LGBTQ people get sick. LGBTQ people need health care. LGBTQ people should not live in fear that they cannot get the care they need simply because of who they are.”