Comments for a proposed rule that would remove anti-discrimination protections for patients closed Tuesday generating more than 150,000 comments—many of them urging the Trump administration to drop the plan opponents call a rollback of health equity.
Among those sending comments opposing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) proposed rule was a coalition of 22 state attorneys general including Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford.
On Tuesday, the attorneys submitted a comment letter opposing the rule arguing that it would roll back healthcare anti-discrimination protections for women, the LGBTQ community, individuals with limited English proficiency, and individuals with disabilities.
The proposed rule would remove healthcare protections for transgender and disabled patients, women seeking to terminate pregnancies and reduce language assistance for those with limited English proficiency.
“The Trump Administration wants to give out licenses to discriminate, and attorneys general like myself won’t tolerate it,” said Ford in a statement. “Every Nevadan, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age should be able to see their health care provider.”
In the letter, the attorneys argue that the rule licenses “discrimination in our healthcare system” and is “inconsistent with statutory anti-discrimination protections.” The proposed rule would also violate the Affordable Care Act’s prohibition of discrimination in federal healthcare— from Medicaid, Medicare and the healthcare exchanges, to federal healthcare grant programs providing safeguards against discrimination, according to the attorneys.
In addition to Nevada, other states and territories participating in the comment letter include: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawai’i, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia.