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Deadline looms for comments on Trump’s proposed health protection rollback

The good people at Equality NC reminded us this morning that tomorrow (Tuesday, August 13) is the deadline for adding one’s name to an important effort to push back against the Trump administration’s anti-LGBTQ/anti-reproductive freedom agenda.

This is from advocates at the Transgender Law Center:

The Trump-Pence Administration is trying to undermine the Health Care Rights Law, a lifesaving law that helps transgender people access the health care they need without discrimination from health care providers or insurers. Now, the Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a regulation that falsely says discrimination against transgender people is legal.

While they can’t change the law, this new regulation would confuse patients, providers, and insurers, and make it much harder for many transgender people to access life-saving care.

And this is from the National Women’s Law Center:

The Trump-Pence administration has proposed a sweeping new rule that would allow widespread discrimination in health care by rolling back a key part of the ACA — the Health Care Rights Law, also known as Section 1557. This is a law that protects patients from discrimination in health care, including sex discrimination. The administration is trying to turn back the clock on our rights, but we won’t let that happen.

Do you have a personal story about barriers you faced when trying to access health care, like feeling afraid of being judged or shamed when planning a doctor’s visit or having a provider dismiss your pain or symptoms because of your race or gender? Sharing that story in your comment will help add to its impact!

This administration is obligated to read every single unique comment submitted about this rule – now is the time to make your voice heard. Personalizing your message will add to its impact. Please take the time to add your thoughts or share a personal story about a health care experience you’ve had that blocked or discouraged you from accessing care.

Both groups are urging caring and thinking people to join tens of thousands of others in submitting comments to the U.S. department of Health and Human Services by tomorrow, August 13.

Click here and here to learn more and find easy forms to complete to tell your story and submit a comment.

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