Trump administration finalizes new discrimination policy against transgender people

The change to the Affordable Care Act will eliminate protections from discrimination based on gender identity.

The Trump administration on Friday finalized its rollback of protections against gender identity discrimination in health care regulated by the Affordable Care Act.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement that it would recognize “sex discrimination according to the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology.”

The move means insurance policies and health care regulated under the Obama-era Affordable Care Act can deny services to transgender people. The HHS said it is reverting to a time when the government “declined to recognize sexual orientation as a protected category under the ACA.”

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