Aug 18, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Judge blocks Trump admin rollback of transgender health protections

 Kimberly Laird (L) and her partner Glenne McElihinndy wave a pride flag before the start of the 2005 San Francisco Pride Parade

A couple wave a pride flag in San Francisco. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Monday preventing the Trump administration from enforcing a new regulation that would rescind Obama-era health care protections for transgender people.

Why it matters: The Department of Health and Human Services' rule reversing protections established under the Affordable Care Act was due to take effect on Tuesday.

"When the Supreme Court announces a major decision, it seems a sensible thing to pause and reflect on the decision’s impact. Since HHS has been unwilling to take that path voluntarily, the court now imposes it."
— Judge Block
  • U.S. District Court Judge Frederic Block cited the Supreme Court's ruling on LGBTQ employment protections as the reason for the order.

Read the order via DocumentCloud:

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