By: Lyle Matthew Kan on July 25, 2019
For the first time, Funders for LGBTQ Issues is issuing public comments and we are doing so in opposition to proposed changes to Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The changes threaten the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities, immigrants, and anyone seeking reproductive healthcare.
Up until now, Section 1557 clarified that discrimination against LGBTQ people in healthcare settings and health insurance benefits is unlawful. Now, the Trump Administration is proposing to remove such guidance.
The proposed rules change would harm our most vulnerable community members by:
Please note that submitting public comments regarding a proposed regulation is not considered lobbying, which is narrowly defined as the attempt to influence specific legislation. Submitting comments on proposed rules – such as these proposed changes to Section 1557 – is a permissible advocacy activity for both public and private foundations to engage in. For more information, please see these guidelines on advocacy and lobbying for foundations from the Council on Foundations.
If you have questions about Section 1557 or submitting comments please contact Lyle Matthew Kan, Vice President of Research & Communications, at [email protected].
Submission Deadline: No later than 11:59pm EST on August 13, 2019.
How to Submit: Submit comments directly via www.regulations.gov. You can submit your comment of any length as a PDF. If you are interested in submitting by mail, click here for details.
Share Your Comment with Funders for LGBTQ Issues: Please email a copy of your submitted comment to Funders for LGBTQ Issues’ Research & Communications Associate Luis Rey Ramirez at [email protected]. Funders for LGBTQ Issues is aiming to track which member foundations submit comments and share the comments on our website.
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