WCMS Stands with the LGBTQ+ Community
June 30, 2020
The Trump administration announced a rule on Friday, June 12, 2020 that will remove the protections for people who are transgender in healthcare. The date the rule was released coincides with the 4th anniversary of the massacre at Pulse Night Club (a gay club in Orlando, FL), during Pride Month, and at the end of a week where two Black transgender women were murdered.
This rule will negatively impact the ability of transgender patients to avoid discrimination by doctors, medical practices and health insurance providers. The Obama administration expanded federal healthcare guidelines in 2016 to ensure that sex-based protections included protections based on gender identity, "which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female." The Department of Health and Human Services released a statement saying the final rule is based on "the plain meaning of the word 'sex' as male or female and as determined by biology." The rule summary argued that healthcare based on sex assigned at birth, rather than gender identity, is necessary for health care, and suggested that transgender healthcare may be confusing for providers.
Transgender individuals have long faced discrimination in healthcare from insurance issues and barriers to proper care due to their gender identity to verbal harassment and refusal of treatment. WCMS supports the inclusion of trans and non-binary people in healthcare and actively works to keep policy out of the exam room. We do not support this rule and we stand against the discrimination of transgender individuals in healthcare.
Richard Bunio, MD, WCMS Association President
Carol Coulson, MD, WCMS Foundation Chair
Miriam Schwarz, MPA, WCMS CEO
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