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The Biden Administration Just Issued a Rule Protecting Transgender Folks from Health Care Discrimination

May 11, 2021
Our Chief Medical and Clinical Officer explains why gender-affirming care is so important in this Shape article on protections for transgender folks in health care.

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Going to the doctor can be an intensely vulnerable and stressful experience for anyone. Now, imagine you went in for an appointment only for a doctor to refuse you proper care or make comments that left you feeling unwelcome or like you couldn't trust them with your health.

That's the reality for a lot of transgender and LGBTQ+ folks (and people of color, for that matter) — and especially so during the last presidential administration. Thankfully, a new policy from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services took a major step to change that.

On Monday, the Biden administration announced that transgender and other LGBTQ+ people are now protected against health care discrimination, effective immediately. This relief comes a year after a Trump-era rule defined "sex" as the biological sex and gender assigned at birth, meaning that hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies could deny adequate care to transgender people. (Because reminder: Trans folks often identify with a gender other than their original sex at birth.)


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