Q&A Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act: Protections for Transgender Individuals

Executive Summary

A recent federal court injunction has undermined the Affordable Care Act’s provisions intended to end discrimination of transgender individuals in the health care system. In this Q&A, Senior Attorney Jennifer Lav discusses the ACA’s Section 1557 and it’s importance to banning sex discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Lav also explains the limitations of the federal court injunction and explores the “many viable avenues” still available to health care advocates to fight gender identity discrimination in the health care system.

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