NEW YORK — The District of Columbia and 22 states are suing the federal government over the recent rollback in transgender healthcare protections.
Courthouse News Service reported Monday that the lawsuit was filed in New York and is being lead by the attorneys general of New York, Massachusetts and California.
“It’s never acceptable to deny health care services to people who need it, but it’s especially unacceptable to do this during a pandemic,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said during a press call Monday.
The Trump administration finalized its rollback of protections in June. Later that month, a coalition of LGBTQ organizations and clinics filed a lawsuit over the Trump administration’s removal of LGBTQ healthcare protections.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) health care discrimination rule would carve out LGBTQ people and other vulnerable populations from the protections of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, among other bases.
CNS reported that other plaintiffs in the case include Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.
There has already been one incident of a transgender man being denied healthcare under the changed rule in Baltimore.