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The Conscience Rule Protects Access to Care and Reduces Administrative Burden

March 03, 2023

Dear Secretary Becerra:

"The Endocrine Society appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) proposed rule entitled “Safeguarding the Rights of Conscience as Protected by Federal Statutes.” The Endocrine Society is the world’s oldest and largest organization of scientists devoted to hormone research and physicians who care for people with hormone-related conditions. Many of our 18,000 members treat patients who belong to vulnerable patient populations, including transgender people and pregnant people. The Endocrine Society believes that all individuals should be able to access the full spectrum of appropriate medical care, and we advocate for policies that will help achieve this. We are pleased that this proposed rule will better protect and expand all individuals’ access to care while reducing the administrative burden on patients and providers than the existing policy and urge the administration to finalize these expanded protections."

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