Judge vacates discrimination protections for transgender patients

A federal judge in Texas overturned a 2016 regulation protecting transgender patients from discrimination Oct. 15, according to AHA News.

The ruling focuses on a provision of the ACA that prohibited federally funded healthcare providers from discriminating against individuals based on their sex or gender identity.

This week, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled that the provision violated the Administrative Procedure Act and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. He gave HHS two years to review and amend the regulation.

Mr. O'Connor first filed a preliminary injunction to block the regulation from taking effect in 2016. In late 2018, he also ruled that the entire ACA was unconstitutional.

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