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June 10, 2016

Office of Civil Rights final rule on nondiscrimination in health care a major step forward for transgender people; more work to be done to protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people

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On May 13, 2016 the Office of Civil Rights at the federal Department of Health and Human Services (OCR) published a final rule implementing the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under Section 1557. This rule states that discrimination based on gender identity is prohibited in health facilities, programs and activities receiving federal funding, as it constitutes a form of sex discrimination banned by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The rule also states that discrimination based on sex stereotyping is prohibited. This nondiscrimination regulation offers potent protections to 
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