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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