Rule Makes Vulnerable Populations More Vulnerable

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Saturday, June 13, 2020

Statement attributable to:
Gary L. LeRoy, MD
President
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The American Academy of Family Physicians is deeply disappointed that the Administration has eliminated important protections for our most vulnerable patients, including those who are transgender, those with limited English proficiency, those with disabilities, and those seeking access to reproductive health care.

“In our comment letter last August, the AAFP argued that rolling back gender discrimination protections would impede access to care and sanction discrimination against already vulnerable patient populations. This is an especially harmful course of action during the Administration's declared public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession. This unprecedented crisis makes it even more complicated for these individuals to secure necessary health care services and insurance coverage in a time of critical need.

“This proposed decision will prove harmful to patients and public health. The AAFP strongly urges the administration to withdraw this change in policy and instead work to ensure all patients have access to the quality care they need.”

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Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. LeRoy, contact Megan Moriarty, 913-302-8627, or mmoriarty@aafp.org.

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