Don’t just stand there, do something! Submit comments opposing changes to discrimination protections in health care.

Written by: Samantha Espinoza
Date Posted: August 2, 2019

What would you do if you witnessed a doctor, hospital or health care insurer deny a child care because their parents were a same sex couple or a single mother? Would you do something? Would you say something? Because, under the proposed changes to section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this is exactly the type of discrimination expected to ensue. Fortunately, you can submit comments opposing these changes to help prevent this from happening.

As you may recall, a previous KidsFlash article outlined the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed changes to section 1557 of the ACA and the undeniable and devastating impact these proposed changes would have on Coloradans. For example, if finalized, the proposed rule would severely threaten access to all forms of health care for patients who identify as LGBTQ+, create confusion among patients and providers about their rights and obligations, and promote discrimination. The proposed rule would also make it harder for people who experience health care-based discrimination to know about and exercise their rights. This includes people with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and people suffering from chronic health conditions, like HIV.

The Colorado Children’s Campaign knows these changes will endanger the long-term health and well-being of thousands of Americans across the country and last week, the we submitted comments to HHS urging them to withdraw this proposal. Unfortunately, our comments are not enough. We need your help! Take five to ten minutes to personalize and submit comments here, telling HHS that you oppose these changes and encourage them to withdraw their proposal. Public comment period closes Aug. 13. The time to act is now!

  • If you have less time, we recommend using a comment portal. CenterLink, the Human Rights Campaign and Protect Trans Health all provide brief prompts and are linked directly to the federal register, helping users submit brief comments in a short amount of time.
  • If you have more time, we recommend reviewing The National Center for Trans Equality’s guiding document and using it as basis for your personalized comments. It’s important to remember that comments must not be duplicated in their entirety, otherwise they will not be counted as separate comments and we want comments counted separately. At the end of the day, it’s important that more people and organizations are opposed to this rule than those in support.
Samantha Espinoza

About Samantha Espinoza

Sam joined the Colorado Children’s Campaign staff as a Policy Analyst after serving as their Government Affairs Intern while completing her MSW at the University of Denver. Her portfolio of policy issues includes child health, family planning and maternal and infant mental health. Sam is a military veteran whose greater part of professional experience is grounded in research, advocacy and supporting children who face adversity.