#ProtectTransHealth ~ Comment Today

#ProtectTransHealth ~ Comment Today

CHA’s mission is to support Medicare access based on eligibility, and not to exclude services based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Below is a re-posting of a call-to-action regarding transgender health care rights from our partners, Justice in Aging…

Everyone should have the right to be treated with respect by their doctors and receive the health care treatment they need without discrimination. Yet, 33% of transgender people who saw a health care provider over the past year were harassed or denied care.

This type of discrimination is illegal under the Health Care Rights Law enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act. Now the Trump Administration has proposed a regulation that undermines the law, rolls back explicit protections and says it’s ok for doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, and other health care providers to discriminate against transgender people. This rule will endanger the lives of transgender people—making it harder to get ALL forms of healthcare – from flu shots and physicals, to x-rays, cancer screenings and long-term care.

Help stop this regulation from going into effect by going to ProtectTransHealth.org to learn more and submit a public comment.
This comment portal is for individuals commenting specifically on how this regulation would take away the rights of transgender people in health care settings.

Justice in Aging will be providing organizational template comments focused more broadly on how the rollback of health care rights protections will impact older adults in coming weeks. We encourage you to use those template comments to create your own organizational comment.

The deadline for commenting on this regulation is August 13.

  1. Leave your individual comment today at ProtectTransHealth.org. Justice in Aging will soon be emailing a template for organizational comments.
  2. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #ProtectTransHealth.
Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.