AG James Fights Against Trump Administration's Discriminatory Health Care Rule

AG James Fights Against Trump Administration’s
Discriminatory Health Care Rule

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today released the following statement after her office argued, in federal court, to block the Trump Administration from implementing its refusal-of-care health care rule:

“Today, America’s health care system remains more fragile than ever, but the Trump Administration has continuously attempted to strip health care coverage away and deny access to care to millions of Americans. Health care is a right, not a privilege, but this ‘health care refusal’ rule will give the privileged the right to impose their beliefs on women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and so many others across New York and the rest of the country. We are thankful to our many partners for standing by our side and fighting this draconian rule that only seeks to wreak havoc on our health care system and deny coverage to millions.”

The health care refusal rule seeks to expand the ability of businesses and individuals to refuse to provide vital health care services on the basis of a business's or an employee’s “religious beliefs or moral convictions,” and not those of the individual being covered. Last month, Attorney General James led a coalition of 26 public jurisdictions and health care providers in filing a motion for summary judgment, requesting that the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York block the Trump Administration’s refusal-of-care rule.