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August 24, 2016

Faith Nonprofits Sue Over Health Coverage for Transgender People

Five states and a trio of religiously affiliated medical nonprofits filed a legal challenge Tuesday to provisions of the Affordable Care Act aimed at ensuring health-care coverage for transgender people, BuzzFeed News reports.

The suit says the Department of Health and Human Services’ interpretation of an Obamacare regulation “redefines ‘sex’” to take into account an individual’s gender identity, regardless of the person’s sex at birth, and potentially forces medical professionals to “violate their medical judgment” and “their deeply held religious beliefs” in providing care.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office is leading the case, which was filed in the same Texas federal court, and assigned to the same judge, that earlier this week blocked an administration policy that would allow transgender people to use school bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity.