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Trump administration moves to roll back protections for transgender patients

Obama-era policy expanded nondiscrimination rules under the Affordable Care Act

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By Stephanie Armour

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In a proposed rule from the Health and Human Services Department, the Trump administration said it was changing a policy on health-care protections for transgender patients.

The Trump administration on Friday moved to roll back health-care protections for transgender patients by replacing an Obama-era policy that expanded nondiscrimination protections.

In the proposed rule from the Health and Human Services Department’s Office for Civil Rights, the administration said it was changing the policy to relieve regulatory burdens and clarify policy in line with previous civil-rights statutes, among other reasons.

The change is likely to bring lawsuits and has alarmed patients-rights advocates who had long expected the policy change.

An expanded version of this article is available at WSJ.com .

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