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Trump Administration To Roll Back health-Care Protections For Transgender People

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Trump Administration To Roll Back health-Care Protections For Transgender People

Trump Administration To Roll Back health-Care Protections For Transgender People

On Friday, the Trump administration unveiled its proposal to reverse health care protections for transgender people that were provided under the Affordable Care Act.

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The Department of Health and Human Services said it is revising part of Obamacare that provides protection against discrimination in health care on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability and age. The agency said it will continue to vigorously enforce prohibitions of discrimination in health care. However, advocates for transgender rights are worried about the impact the new policy would have on 2 million Americans.

LGBTQ rights Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., a vocal advocate for transgender equality said, “The Trump administration is continuing its all out assault on transgender Americans,” Wexton said in a statement. “Transgender people are denied medical care at a much higher rate than their cisgender peers. About one in three transgender people will experience homelessness in their lifetime. These changes are not based on sound policy or genuine concern, but on bad faith fearmongering by a callous administration that could put lives at risk.”

NBC New reports that the rule can be finalized after a 60-day public comment period.

In addition to this, the Department of Housing and Urban Development also proposed a new rule earlier this week that would allow federally funded homeless shelters to consider sex and gender identity when deciding whether to accommodate someone. On top of that, the Trump administration has also banned transgender recruits from joining the military.

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