The Hill reported on Saturday that the Trump administration “appears poised to roll back ObamaCare’s anti-discrimination protections for transgender patients.” The Obama-era rule prohibits healthcare providers and insurers receiving federal money from “denying treatment or coverage to anyone based on sex, gender identity, or termination of pregnancy.” The rule further stipulates that doctors and hospitals are required to provide “medically necessary” to transgender individuals, “as long as those services were the same ones provided to others.”
According to a 2015 report by the National Center for Transgender Equality, fully one third of transgender individuals who had seen a healthcare provider in the last year reported at least one negative experience related to their gender identity. The rates were higher among transgender individuals of color and with disabilities. Examples of these negative experiences included refusal of care, verbal harassment, and physical or sexual assault.
Such treatment of the transgender community is unacceptable and utterly contrary to the values of a democratic society. BAYMEC stands with the transgender community and condemns the administration’s desire to roll back these vital protections and access to healthcare.
While not yet released, the Trump administration’s proposed rule is expected in the coming weeks or months. But we will not wait until the proposed rule is published and public comment opens. BAYMEC will engage our local members of Congress now to oppose these actions by the Trump administration. We will not be idle.