Society Letters

Endocrine Society Comments on Section 1557 Rule

August 13, 2019

To: Mr. Roger Severino—Director, Office for Civil Rights | U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

"The proposed rule is focused on, among other things, the 2016 implementing regulation for Section 1557 of the ACA that defined 'on the basis of sex' to include discrimination based on pregnancy, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery therefrom, childbirth or related medical conditions, sex stereotyping, and gender identity. The rule proposes to eliminate specific nondiscrimination protections based on sex and gender identity. We oppose the proposed rule. If finalized, this rule will threaten women and transgender individuals’ access to care and health insurance, create confusion among providers and patients about their rights and obligations, and promote discrimination against vulnerable populations that already struggle to access health care."

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