On May 10, 2021, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Office for Civil Rights will interpret and enforce Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and Title IX’s prohibitions on discrimination based on sex to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. GLMA President Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS, and GLMA Executive Director Hector Vargas, JD, issued the following statement in response:
“Prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is a foundational building block for LGBTQ health equity. Every LGBTQ person should be able to access healthcare without fear of discrimination, and today’s announcement is a major step towards this future. We at GLMA applaud HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra for his leadership and the Biden administration for its commitment to improving the lives and advancing the health of LGBTQ people.
“GLMA is proud to be a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the previous administration’s attempts to limit nondiscrimination protections under the Affordable Care Act, and we look forward to working with Secretary Becerra and his team to fully implement today’s reversal and address all the concerns raised in the lawsuit.”
To see the statement of Lambda Legal, which represents GLMA and other plaintiffs in the Section 1557 litigation, please click here.