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Trump administration could rollback LGBT medical protections

Trump admin could take away all anti-discriminatory provisions for LGBT patients.
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The Hill is reporting that the Trump administration is taking steps to remove LGBT protections for transgender patients which were originally set in place by Barack Obama.

The details of the rule from the Department of Health and Human Service are expected to be released within the coming weeks or months. If it were implemented the new guidance would make it easier for medical organizations to deny services to those who don’t fall into their religious beliefs.

These rules would include denial of service to transgender patients as well as women who have had abortions.

The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, included anti-LGBT discriminatory guidelines, something religious groups sued to rescind. They won that case in court and subsequently a Texas judge blocked the protections.

After Trump was elected, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice allowed the discriminatory plans to remain.  

No details of the new proposal have been made public, but LGBT advocacy groups say given the administration’s unsupportive attitude toward the LGBT community, they are ready to fight.

“We are deeply concerned,” said Sasha Buchert, a staff attorney at Lambda Legal. “DOJ has already shown its hand... [W]e stand ready to respond.”

Joshua Block, a senior staff attorney at the ACLU, said, “I don’t think they [HHS] are going to have an easy time … and we’ll make sure they hear every objection and justify what they’re doing.”

Once the proposal is released there will be a public comment period and that is when advocacy groups will strike. 

“This has been something we’ve been raising alarm bells about for a while,” said Block.