Stop Health Care Discrimination: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Must Rescind Anti-Civil Rights Rule

Statement of Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families

The National Partnership remains adamantly opposed to the Trump administration U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) move to gut the Health Care Rights Law (Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act). Their changes to this law would embolden health care providers to discriminate.

This rule would place some of our most vulnerable populations at great risk. Women, the LGBTQ community, people of color, people with disabilities and those with limited English proficiency could all be subject to officially sanctioned discrimination.

We proudly stand with more than 132,458 people, who lifted their voices against discrimination during the public comment period.

In exercising our right to petition the government through the public comment period and in speaking out against discrimination and bigotry, we uphold our core democratic values and principles. Now more than ever, we must remain steadfast in proclaiming that bias has no place in our health care system or our nation. Read the National Partnership for Women & Families' full comment to Health and Human Services here.

About the National Partnership

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable health care and policies that help all people meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at NationalPartnership.org.

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