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Health Care Rights and Transgender People

August 2012 | National Center for Transgender Equality

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Under the Affordable Care Act, it is illegal for any health program or organization that is funded or administered by the federal government to discriminate against you because you are transgender, or because you are perceived as not conforming to gender stereotypes.

For the first time, the Affordable Care Act of 2010 banned sex discrimination in many health care facilities and programs. While we still desperately need national laws that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, existing laws such as the Affordable Care Act can provide real protections in many circumstances. This document outlines the health care rights of transgender people and how to file complaints of health care discrimination.


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