ACA Bans On Sex-Based Discrimination Covers Transpeople

TransGriot Note: Sharing this wonderful news I received from the Task Force concerning the Affordable Care Act
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently
confirmed that the Affordable Care Act’s ban on sex-based discrimination
includes discrimination based on gender identity. This affirms the Task
Force’s longstanding position that federal civil rights statutes that
prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex include protections against
discrimination on the basis of gender identity. This means that no one
can be discriminated against because of their gender identity or because
of a health care provider’s stereotype about sex – what a man or a
woman “ought to look like.”

“We agree that… sex discrimination prohibition extends to claims of
discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to
stereotypical notions of masculinity and femininity.”

Back in June, the Task Force and our New Beginning Initiative
coalition partners sent HHS a letter asking for exactly this
clarification. We’re thrilled they agree with us and numerous federal
courts that have issued similar opinions clarifying that sex-based
discrimination protections also address gender identity as well.

We encourage anyone who feels they have been discriminated against
because of their gender identity to file complaints so it can be
investigated. Have you been discriminated against in a health setting in
the past? We ask that you file a complaint with the HHS Office of Civil Rights.

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