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The Trump administration sought to roll back Affordable Care Act anti-discrimination regulations at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) protecting LGB and Transgender Americans

In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Frederic Block cited the landmark June 2020 Supreme Court ruling in Bostock vs. Clayton County, in which the Supreme Court found that discrimination based on sex included both sexual orientation and gender identity

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today welcomed news that a New York federal judge has blocked recent Trump administration regulations that sought to roll back Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ patients and individuals. The roll back, announced by HHS in June, would have eliminated protections for LGB and Transgender individuals currently provided under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

According to an article earlier today in Fierce Healthcare, a federal judge in New York upheld the anti-discrimination protections, and “…in a 26-page ruling released Monday, U.S. District Judge Frederic Block pointed to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock vs. Clayton County earlier this year. In that case, the Court said discrimination based on sex included both sexual orientation and gender identity.”

“There is absolutely no place for discrimination in the delivery of health care and we thank Judge Block for derailing the Trump administration’s misguided and mean-spirited attempt to marginalize and harm Trans and LGBTQ individuals with these punitive measures,” said John Hassell, AHF’s national director of advocacy. “The anti-discrimination regulations that were targeted literally save lives and must remain in force.”

“Yesterday’s decision in court to stand against legislated hate by the Trump administration is a step in the right direction in protecting LGB and Transgender Americans and patients across the country. We will remember this, and we will take our fight for equality to the ballot box in November,” said Queen Victoria Ortega, president of FLUX, a national division of AIDS Healthcare Foundation dedicated to creating safe spaces for trans* and gender non-conforming individuals and raising the profile of the trans* and gender-nonconforming community by leveraging social events, creating safe spaces, and innovative advocacy initiatives.

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AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 1.4 million people in 45 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare.

Contacts

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Ged Kenslea, Senior Director, Communications, AHF +1.323.791.5526 [cell] +.323.308.1833 [work] [email protected]
John Hassell, National Director of Advocacy, AHF +1.202.774.4854 [cell] [email protected]

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