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- 18 state insurance commissioners united in effort to roll back new regulations
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California Insurance Commissioner
The commissioner notes the proposed changes by the Trump administration will undermine civil rights protections for millions of consumers, create an uneven playing field for health insurers and negatively affect state insurance markets.
The proposed changes impact the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Section 1557, which prohibits sex discrimination in health insurance and clarifies protections for transgender Americans from being denied lifesaving medically necessary care. On
According to the 2015
The signatories of this letter (https://www.insurance.ca.gov/0400-news/0100-press-releases/2019/upload/nr057LtrToAzarSec1557-080519.pdf), including Commissioner Lara, believe this proposed rule attempts to give health insurers and providers a license to discriminate against transgender policyholders and will have a significant negative impact on a community already vulnerable to discrimination in health care, housing and employment.
The ACA clarified insurers' responsibility to make sure transgender policyholders have equal access to the same health insurance and care as every other insured American. This includes health care related to gender transition, which is recognized by the medical community as medically effective and necessary for many individuals, as well as routine tests and treatments sometimes denied to transgender individuals based on the association with a specific gender.
Lara added, "As the
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