Biden revives LGBT protections against healthcare discrimination



Gay and transgender people will be protected against sex discrimination in healthcare, the U.S. health secretary said yesterday, as President Joe Biden’s administration reversed a policy put in place under his predecessor Donald Trump.


The action restores protections under a provision of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, against sexual discrimination in healthcare. It was the latest in a series of steps the President has taken to bolster LGBTQ rights (e.g. signing an executive order overturning a ban by his predecessor on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military).


Health and Human Services said in a statement that its Office for Civil Rights made the decision in light of a June 2020 U.S. Supreme Court ruling and subsequent court decisions. They reference Bostock v. Clayton County—the case from last June in which the Supreme Court delivered a major victory for LGBTQ rights, ruling that a longstanding federal law barring workplace discrimination protects gay and transgender employees.


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