Federal health-care programs and those funded with federal dollars are barred from discriminating against transgender people, a senior official with the Department of Health and Human Services told LGBT advocacy groups in July — a sweeping decision that will impact most health-care services across the country.
This is huge. I cannot stress the importance of knowing your rights. ObamaCare (I personally hate that term because I feel like it takes away the validity and importance of our Health Care as if saying….”this is just one person’s opinion and doesn’t really count…Why can’t they continue to say Affordable Care Act?…but I digress)….mandates that ANY healthcare agency receiving FEDERAL funding is not allowed to discriminate against transgender folk.
However, there is still a question mark when it comes to transition related care. In the article it said, “Although the decision does not specifically address transition-related care — surgery and other medical procedures that some transgender people undergo in the course of moving to their self-identified gender — a leading transgender advocate says the decision is a “tool” to get protections that would cover transition-related care.”
I am curious to know what is meant by “tool”…what does that look like and what does that exactly entail? While we are still figuring out what exactly is defined as discrimination under the Affordable Care Act, here is the exact place within the document to point people to if you feel you have been discriminated against: “Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act — the 2010 health care overhaul known as ObamaCare — forbids discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, national origin, disability or age in health programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance or by programs administered by an Executive Agency or any entity established under Title I of the ACA, as the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights described the provision.”