281 Groups Call for Health Care Access to Protect All

Contact: Shin Inouye, [email protected], 202.869.0398

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and  279 other organizations issued the following statement today in response to news that the Trump administration is preparing to publish a final rule that would dramatically undermine the Affordable Care Act’s nondiscrimination provisions:

“We cannot imagine a more reckless and irresponsible time for the Trump administration to push ahead with a rule that would promote discrimination in medical care. This rule could dangerously embolden health care providers, hospitals, and insurers to claim a right to refuse testing or treatment — including for COVID-19 — to many people in need, create hurdles for people with limited English proficiency, and abandon efforts to maintain functional communication technologies for people with disabilities.

“Access to health care is a human right. The coronavirus has demonstrated with devastating clarity that the health of every person in this country is impacted by the health of each and every one of us. This rule is discriminatory and wrong at any time, but especially harmful during this global pandemic. It must be scrapped.”

Additionally, the groups outlined their concerns to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, HHS Office for Civil Rights Director Roger Severino, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, and other leaders. That letter is available here.

The statement and letter were signed by the following groups*:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
National Center for Transgender Equality
AbsoluteCARE Medical Center and Pharmacy
ACLU of Montana
Advocates for Youth
African American Ministers In Action
AIDS Alabama
AIDS Foundation Chicago
Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
American Association of People with Disabilities
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
American Atheists
American Civil Liberties Union
American Federation of Teachers
American Humanist Association
American Muslim Health Professionals
American Public Health Association
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)
Amnesty International USA
API Social Work Council
API Social Work Council Northern CA
APISWC (Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Council)
Appalachian Indivisible
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Asian Americans Rising
Association for Chinese Families of the Disabled
Association for Community Affiliated Plans
Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)
Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE)
Athlete Ally
Atlanta Pride Committee
Bend the Arc: Jewish Action
Cal Voices
California Black Women’s Health Project
California LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
Center for American Progress
Center for Constitutional Rights
Center for Elder Law & Justice
Center for Health Progress
Center for Independence of the Disabled, NY
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Center for Medicare Advocacy
Center for Public Policy Priorities
Center for Public Representation
Center for Reproductive Rights
Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism – California State University, San Bernardino
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.
Chicago House and Social Services Agency
Children’s Aid
Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC)
Chronic Disease Coalition
Church World Service
Citizen Action of New York
Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York
Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues
Coalition for Asian American Children and Families
Coalition for Disability Health Equity
Coalition of Labor Union Women
Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR)
Community Catalyst
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, U.S. Provinces
Consumers for Affordable Health Care
East Bay Asian Youth Center
East Bay Community Law Center
East Bay Refugee and Immigrant Forum
Empire Justice Center
Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
Equal Rights Advocates
Equality California
Equality Federation
Equality Florida
Equality Montana
Equality New Mexico
Equality North Carolina
Equality Ohio
Equality Texas
Equity Forward
Families USA
Family Equality
Female-To-Male International, Inc.
Feminist Majority Foundation
Feminist Women’s Health Center
Forward Montana Foundation
Forward Together Action
Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center
Gender Equality Montana
Gender Spectrum
Georgia Equality
Georgians for a Healthy Future
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality
Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition
Health Access California
Heartland Alliance
Heartland Resistance Coalition, an Indivisible group
Hispanic Federation
Hmong Cultural Center of Butte County
Housing Choice Partners
Human Rights Campaign
Ibis Reproductive Health
Immigration Equality
Impact Fund
Indivisible Brookfield
Indivisible CA-33
Indivisible Georgia Coalition
Indivisible Houston
Indivisible Il9
Indivisible Illinois
Indivisible Lumpkin
Indivisible Madison (WI)
Indivisible Marching Buddies of Atlanta
Indivisible Metro East
Indivisible San Francisco
interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth
Interfaith Alliance
International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
International Community Health Services
Jewish Women International
Justice in Aging
JustUs Health
Kentucky Equal Justice Center
Kentucky Mental Health Coalition
Kentucky Voices for Health
Korean Community Center of the East Bay
La Clinica de La Raza
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
Lambda Legal
Lavender Rights Project
League of Women Voters of the United States
LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
LGBTQ Connection
Long Term Care Community Coalition
Matthew Shepard Foundation
Mazzoni Center
Mental Health America of California
Mental Health America of Kentucky
Mercy Care
Methodist Federation for Social Action
Metro New York Health Care for All
Montana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
Montana Gender Alliance
Montana Human Rights Network
Movement Advancement Project
NARAL Pro-Choice America
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)
National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
National Association of Human Rights Workers
National Association of Social Workers
National Association of Social Workers (NASW) California Chapter
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Center for Youth Law
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Coalition for LGBT Health
National Consumers League
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council on Independent Living
National Disability Rights Network
National Employment Law Project
National Employment Lawyers Association
National Equality Action Team
National Health Care for the Homeless Council
National Health Law Program
National Hispanic Council on Aging
National Human Services Assembly
National Indian Education Association
National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
National LGBT Cancer Network
National LGBTQ Task Force
National Partnership for Women & Families
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
National Trans Bar Association
National Women’s Health Network
National Workrights Institute
Native Directions Inc.
Necessary Trouble Indivisible
New York Immigration Coalition
New York Legal Assistance Group
NM Center on Law & Poverty
Oasis Legal Services
OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates
Office of the Health Care Advocate, Vermont Legal Aid
One Colorado
Openhouse, San Francisco
Orange County United Way
OutFront Minnesota
Papa Ola Lokahi
People For the American Way
People’s Action
PFLAG National
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Positive Transformations Psychotherapy
Positive Women’s Network-USA
Power to Decide
PowerOn, a program of LGBT Technology Institute
Prepare To Bloom, LLC
Pride at Work
Pride Center of Vermont
Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada
Public Advocacy for Kids (PAK)
Public Citizen
Quest Family Therapy / Gender Health Training Institute
Rabbinical Assembly
Racial & Ethnic Mental Health Disparities Coalition (REMHDCO)
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Rural Coalition
SAGE: Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders
Santa Cruz Community Health
Santa Cruz Dyke Trans March
SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Shriver Center on Poverty Law
Silver State Equality-Nevada
SisterSong: National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
South Asian Network
Southern Black Policy and Advocacy Network
Southern Legal Counsel, Inc.
Southern Poverty Law Center
St. Louis STI Regional Response Coalition
Tennessee Justice Center
The AIDS Institute
The American Liver Foundation
The California Youth Empowerment Network
The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity
The Gerontological Society of America
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization
The Trans 100
The Trevor Project
The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society
The Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc.
The Womxn Project (TWP)
Trans Pride Initiative
Transgender Law Center
Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico
TransVisible Montana
True Colors United
Union for Reform Judaism
United Way Worldwide
United We Dream
Urban Strategies, Public Policy and Immigrant Affairs, Oakland, California
URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity
Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay
Voices for Progress
Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc.
WAMM Phytotherapies
We All Rise
We’ve Been Too Patient
West Indivisible Suburban Engagement
West Virginians for Affordable Health Care
Western Front Indivisible
Whitman-Walker Health and Whitman-Walker Institute
Young Invincibles

*List last updated May 27, 2020

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org. 

The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization based in Washington, DC. NCTE is devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people.