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Proposed Nondiscrimination Policy Changes Jeopardize Access to Care


Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals

WASHINGTON—The administration’s proposal to roll back protections for many of our most vulnerable populations will worsen existing barriers to access and increase disparities.

Discrimination has no place in health care. Our hospitals embrace this principle and care for all who walk through their doors. They have made progress closing gaps in care and reducing disparities among vulnerable populations, including the LGBTQ community and individuals with limited English proficiency. This is a step backward and undermines their work to build greater equity in care.

We see no policy justification for this change, and we strongly urge the administration to reconsider its position.

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