A rule by the Department of Health and Human Services would narrow the scope of civil rights protections for patients under the Affordable Care Act. We filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York explaining how HHS fails to acknowledge, let alone weigh, the significant social harms resulting from the rule. Weakened protections would likely lead to additional discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in healthcare settings. The rule would also eliminate provisions meant to assist foreign-language speakers in obtaining translation services. HHS does not consider these and other harms, making the rule arbitrary and capricious.
We previously filed public comments on the proposal.