Protect the Health Care Rights Law

Everyone should have the right to be treated with respect by their doctors, receive treatment that fits their needs, and get information in a language they can understand. Yet, 1 in 5 transgender older adults report being refused health care because of their gender identity. Throughout their lives, women, LGBTQ people, and limited English Proficient (LEP) older adults face discrimination in health care settings that leads to poorer health outcomes. The Trump Administration has proposed to eliminate landmark civil rights protections that were enacted under the Health Care Rights Law, also known as Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), to combat discrimination in health care settings and to address health disparities these groups face. The comment period for the proposed rule closed on August 13, 2019. We will provide updates on the publication of the final rule.

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