Posted on August 9, 2019 Issues: Discrimination in Health Care Health Care

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and over 20 other health care and civil rights organizations delivered over 100,000 comments from the general public today in defense of the Health Care Rights Law, a landmark statute that guarantees a wide range of protections against health care discrimination. The Trump-Pence Administration recently announced efforts to roll back these vital protections, which would have devastating implications for all health care patients. The rule especially harms LGBTQ+ people, people who have sought abortions, people whose first language is not English, immigrants, people of color, and people with disabilities.  

The following is a statement from Yumhee Park, NWLC Senior Manager of Campaign and Digital Strategies:

“A patient’s health should always come first. Yet, rather than prioritizing care, this proposed rule serves as another example of the Trump-Pence Administration working to undermine health care access for those who need it the most. This rule returns us to an era where patients can be turned away at the door because they have sought an abortion in the past, because they are pregnant out of wedlock, or because they are LGBTQ. This is unacceptable and we will not stop fighting until everyone is able to seek the care they need, without fear of discrimination.”   

 

For immediate release: August 9, 2019
Contact: LySaundra Campbell (lcampbell@nwlc.org)

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