The administration of US President Joe Biden has reversed a number of measures introduced by the administration of former President Donald Trump, some of which removed statutory health guarantees for transgender people.
The Department of Health and Human Services has made it clear that the change in the law will prevent these patients from being discriminated against based on their gender and sexual orientation, according to the NBC network.
“The Supreme Court has made it clear that people have the right not to be discriminated against and to receive equal treatment regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation,” said Health Minister Xavier Becerra. Therefore, he has stated that the measure will allow the government to act in cases of discrimination.
With that in mind, it has shown that “fear of discrimination can lead people to abandon health care, which can have very negative consequences.” “It is the position of the Department of Health and Human Services that everyone, including LGTBI people, have access to health care without discrimination and without interference,” he said.
Becerra qualified so there shouldn’t be any “ambiguity”. “You can’t discriminate against people,” he said. The original law made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of “race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability in certain health programs and activities”.
However, an additional rule from the Obama administration in 2016 stated that protection related to gender includes those based on gender identity, which is defined as “male, female, none, or a combination of male and female.” is.
This last rule was repealed by Trump, implying a return to the concept of sex as a biological trait. This policy change, one of the GOP’s persistent ambitions, would allow government-funded health care providers and insurance companies to refuse to provide or cover transition-related care to transgender Americans.
The Ministry of Health has indicated that 25 percent of the LGTBI population who have been discriminated against have postponed or avoided essential health care for fear of being discriminated against again.
“The department’s mission is to ensure the health and well-being of all Americans regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Everyone needs access to health services,” said Rachel Levine, assistant secretary of health and the first transgender person to be elected by the Senate Headquarters at the federal level.