four other states sue over U.S. transgender health
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[August 24, 2016] AUSTIN,
Texas (Reuters) - Texas and four other states sued the Obama
administration on Tuesday over extending its healthcare
nondiscrimination law to transgender individuals, saying the move
"represents a radical invasion of the federal bureaucracy into a
doctor’s medical judgment."
Texas, along with Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kentucky and Kansas sued on
behalf three medical organizations, two of which are affiliated with
They argue the medical groups would be forced to violate their
religious beliefs "and perform harmful medical transition procedures
or else suffer massive financial liability," according to the
lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, named as a
defendant in the suit, was not immediately available for comment.
On Sunday, a judge for the same district blocked an Obama
administration policy that public schools should allow transgender
students to use the bathrooms of their choice, granting a nationwide
injunction sought by 13 states, led by Texas.
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was passed in 2010
and included anti-discrimination provisions to prevent insurers from
charging customers more or denying coverage based on age or sex.
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That law left some areas open to interpretation and thousands of
consumers complain each year about being discriminated against, the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said last year.
The U.S. government said in September it would broaden its
nondiscrimination law to transgender individuals and require health
insurers and medical providers to treat all patients equally,
regardless of sex.
(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Bill Rigby)
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