Another win: Federal Government bans anti-trans discrimination in health care and insurance coverage

Harrisburg —Earlier this month, Pennsylvania became the 17th state to ban discrimination against gender identity in health insurance practices. Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) took an important step forward by issuing Affordable Care Act regulations banning antitrans discrimination in health care and insurance coverage. By issuing the Section 1557 of the ACA final rule, HHS is advancing health equity and reducing healthcare disparities for a number of minority communities. Under the rule, individuals are “protected from discrimination in health care on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity and sex stereotyping.” Continue reading.

Equality PA Thanks the Obama Admin. For Statement in Support of Transgender Students

Today the Obama Administration’s Department of Education (DOE) and Department of Justice (DOJ) signed a groundbreaking letter that was sent to public schools directing them to embrace transgender students by allowing them to participate fully and use the facilities that match the gender they live every day. Accompanying the letter is a 25-page guide of best practices to ensure all students, including transgender students, have a fair opportunity to succeed in school. Continue reading.

Insurance Commissioner makes Pennsylvania 17th state to release guidance prohibiting discrimination against gender identity

Harrisburg—Earlier this week Pennsylvania’s Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller released guidance prohibiting discrimination by health insurance companies on the basis of gender identity. Notice 2016-05 explicitly prohibits private health insurance plans regulated by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department from denying coverage for medically necessary health care for transgender Pennsylvanians. Continue reading.

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