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City Expresses Opposition to Trump Administration’s Proposed Rule to Amend Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act

Post Date:May 31, 2019 3:35 PM

Transgender FlagThe City of West Hollywood strongly rejects the Trump administration’s proposed rule to amend Section 1557 of the Health Care Rights Law, a part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that, as currently written, offers protections to transgender people in healthcare settings.  The new interpretation of the nondiscrimination provision of Section 1557 of the ACA would essentially allow healthcare providers to discriminate based on gender identity and will directly affect the very communities the law is meant to protect including women, older adults, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community.  These populations already face high levels of discrimination by health care providers.

“Removing discrimination protections for transgender people is a dehumanizing decision that speaks volumes about the Trump administration’s lack of empathy for the LGBTQ community,” said Mayor John D’Amico. “The administration’s proposed rule runs counter to the City of West Hollywood’s core values of Respect and Support for People.”

The Trump Administration has consistently aimed to target and roll back nearly all political advances transgender people made under the Obama administration. The City of West Hollywood has been at the forefront of the #resist movement since the 2016 election. Following the election of President Trump, the West Hollywood City Council affirmed the City of West Hollywood’s commitment as a Sanctuary City and reaffirmed the City’s commitment to its core values, which includes Respect and Support for People. The City of West Hollywood regularly monitors federal proposals and responds to policy changes that may have a harmful effect on West Hollywood’s residents. For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s efforts to #resist and respond, please visit www.weho.org/wehoresponds.

The City of West Hollywood has been one of the most outspoken cities in the nation in advocating for the legal rights of LGBT people. More than 40 percent of residents in the City of West Hollywood identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. The City of West Hollywood is one of the first municipalities to form a Transgender Advisory Board, which addresses matters of advocacy on behalf of transgender people in the areas of education, community awareness, and empowerment, and makes recommendations to the West Hollywood City Council. Through its Transgender Advisory Board, the City of West Hollywood regularly co-sponsors programming, which includes a job fair organized by the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project in order to connect transgender women and men with employment resources and opportunities. The City also recognizes Transgender Awareness Month each November. As part of its support of the transgender community, the City of West Hollywood has a Transgender Resource Guide available on the City’s website, which provides information about a variety of resources including legal, health, and social services, available in the Greater Los Angeles area to enhance and improve the well-being of transgender people.

For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s Legislative Affairs efforts, please contact Hernan Molina, the City of West Hollywood’s Governmental Affairs Liaison, at (323) 848-6364 or at hmolina@weho.org.

For additional information about the City of West Hollywood’s Transgender Advisory Board, please contact Bonnie Smith at (323) 848-6371 or at bsmith@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.  For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.

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