Family Equality Applauds Biden Administration Rule Advancing Protections for Children of LGBTQ+ Parents

The Department of Health and Human Services’ released a final rule under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will protect LGBTQ+ people and their families from discrimination in health care.

New York, NY – On April 26, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a final rule to implement Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The final rule prohibits healthcare providers from discriminating against patients based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability. Crucially, the final rule explicitly covers the children of LGBTQ+ parents. HHS cited research submitted by Family Equality which showed that between 2 and 3.7 million children in the U.S. have LGBTQ+ parents and that 77% of LGBTQ+ millennials either are already parents or are considering expanding their families in the years ahead. 

“As queer mother of nine-year-old twins, it is terrifying to imagine a doctor simply refusing to treat them because of my sexual orientation or gender identity,,” said Jaymes Black, Family Equality President & CEO. “That is why we applaud the the Biden Administration for finalizing this rule and making sure it is inclusive to both LGBTQ+ people and their families.”

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