Transgender Equality Task Force sends letter supporting LGBTQ healthcare protections


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On Monday, Oct. 3, the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus’ Transgender Equality Task Force sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to strengthen protections of the Affordable Care Act.

Task force co-chairs U.S. Reps. Marie Newman (D-LaGrange), Pramila Jayapal (D-Ore.), and Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) sent the letter for the caucus.

The proposed rule makes clear that Sec. 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics.

“Discrimination of any kind must never be tolerated, especially when it comes to Americans seeking vital healthcare services. Yet, every day, LGBTQI+ Americans are denied access to life saving and affirming care simply for being who they are or who they love. As the proud mom of a transgender daughter this is deeply personal for me. That is why we must get the rules and regulations enforcing section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act right,” said Newman.

“As the proud mom of an incredible transgender kid, I am so grateful for President Biden’s leadership to advance the rights of all LGBTQI+ people,” said Jayapal. “Equal access to health care is a matter of life and death — and strengthening Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act will save countless lives.”