Statement of Commissioner Lara on Trump Administration reversing LGBTQ health protections
News: 2020 Press Release
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a statement in response to the Trump Administration reversing non-discrimination protections under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Last year Commissioner Lara authored a letter signed by 18 state insurance commissioners urging the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to withdraw the proposed rules.
“This is a sad day. Despite a warning from 18 state insurance commissioners that eliminating health protections for LGBTQ people is a license to deny life-saving care, the Trump Administration has once again sacrificed the health and safety of vulnerable Americans. With the cynicism of releasing this rule during Pride Month and on the fourth anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando when 49 people were murdered and more than 50 wounded because of bigotry, the Trump Administration's intent to harm our LGBTQ community has never been more clear—particularly our transgender, black, Latino, and immigrant members who may face greater discrimination in health care as a result.”
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