Posted on March 31, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) seeking information about the agency’s enforcement of the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). NWLC filed the request following the Trump administration’s removal of language from the HHS website regarding Section 1557 of the ACA, the first federal law to bar sex discrimination in health care programs that receive federal funds.

The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, NWLC Senior Vice President for Program and President-elect:

“If Trump administration officials think they can silently and inconspicuously change the scope of protections for women and LGBTQ individuals in health care, they are wrong. President Trump has acknowledged that the Affordable Care Act remains the law since Congress’ attempt at repeal failed, and we are holding him to his word. We will fiercely safeguard the ACA and its crucial anti-discrimination provision that millions of women depend on. They deserve to know what’s at stake when it comes to their health and economic security.”

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 For immediate release: March 31, 2017
Contact:  Maria Patrick (mpatrick@nwlc.org) or Olympia Feil (ofeil@nwlc.org), 202-588-5180

The National Women’s Law Center is a non-profit organization that has been working since 1972 to advance and protect women’s equality and opportunity.  The Center focuses on major policy areas of importance to women and their families including economic security, education, employment and health, with special attention given to the concerns of low-income women.  For more information on the Center, visit:  www.nwlc.org.

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