Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a statement on Friday criticized President Donald Trump’s administration for formally proposing a rolling back of health care provisions for transgender individuals.
The move, if approved, would would reverse protections put in place during President Barack Obama’s administration and ending gender identity as a health care factor.
“The Trump administration’s newest efforts to overturn anti-discrimination protections for transgender Americans provided under the Affordable Care Act is a disgraceful endorsement of discrimination and bigotry,” Cuomo said.
“This repugnant proposal is just another example of how this federal administration is spreading the toxic dynamic of hate in this country. Across the nation, we continue to see violence against trans people, particularly trans women of color. We want you to know – New York stands with you.”
The state Legislature approved and Cuomo signed into law the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, which provides for protections and civil rights for transgender people in housing, the workplace and other areas of life.
Meanwhile, Cuomo’s office has already moved to prohibit health care providers from blocking care for transgender individuals as well as bolstered and expanded anti-discrimination protections in health insurance.
“The bottom line is this: because of what we have done in New York, transgender and gender-nonconforming New Yorkers will not be impacted by this noxious federal rule,” Cuomo said. “We have their backs.”