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HHS Unveils Civil Rights Protections For Transgender Patients’ Health Services
Kaiser Health News

The Obama administration issued a sweeping proposal Thursday to bolster civil rights protections in health care, barring medical providers and insurers from discriminating based on gender, whether in treatments or access to facilities or services. The long-awaited rules from the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services further define protections included in the Affordable Care Act, particularly broadening those for transgender Americans.  The proposal also includes provisions requiring medical providers to bolster their communication efforts for people with disabilities or limited English proficiency.