Rep. Cisneros Statement on Proposed Rule on the Health Care Rights Law of the Affordable Care Act

May 24, 2019
Press Release

Trump administration would change regulations that bans discrimination against LGBTQ individuals

FULLERTON, CA Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) released the following statement today after the President and Vice-President released a proposed rule to roll back the Health Care Rights Law, also known as Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Adopted under the ACA in 2010, Section 1557 protects individuals seeking health care services from discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, language proficiency, age, or disability.  Section 1557 of the ACA represents the first federal law to broadly prohibit discrimination in health care settings.

“With its proposed rule, the Trump administration is blatantly seeking to undermine critical anti-discrimination protections for Americans seeking vital healthcare services, including the LGBTQ community,” said Rep. Cisneros. “The Health Care Rights Law was designed to correct a pervasive history of discrimination against the LGBTQ community, women, and people of color, including immigrants.  Instead of working to ensure every patient receives the care they need and the respect they deserve, the President and his administration is jeopardizing the health and lives of those that depend on the ACA. I remain committed to working in Congress to protect and strengthen the ACA so that every American has access to affordable, life-saving care.”

Rep. Cisneros is a strong advocate for LGBTQ equality and protecting the ACA. He is a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus and a proud original cosponsor of the Equality Act, which will expand full anti-discrimination protections under federal civil rights laws to cover all Americans and was approved on a bipartisan basis by the House this month. He has also recently supported two ACA bill packages aimed at lowering prescription drug costs and protecting people with pre-existing conditions.