At Partners HealthCare, we’re committed to making a positive difference in the communities where we live and work by increasing access to care and erasing health care disparities. Therefore, recent Trump administration efforts to rollback protections for transgender patients, enacted during the Obama administration, run counter to our mission and vision.
The new proposal would no longer recognize gender identity as an avenue for sex discrimination, enabling health care workers to object to performing procedures like gender reassignment surgery and insurers to limit coverage—simply based on an individual’s transgender status.
“This proposal would severely impact our ability to care for all our patients, while limiting these patients’ ability to access insurance coverage,” notes Dani Monroe, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Officer, Partners HealthCare. “The elimination of health care protections for transgender and gender diverse individuals is a step towards weakening health care protections for all.”
Partners HealthCare will continue to provide medical care and health care insurance, while standing as an employer of choice to all individuals, regardless of their gender identity or gender expression. And we remain committed to dedicated initiatives aimed at expanding innovative care and promoting a bias-free workplace for LGBTQ+ individuals through our DEI office and other programs across the system.
“The idea that one could be treated differently based on gender identity has no place in health care,” adds Monroe. “We know that diversity, equity and inclusion make us stronger and are essential to our pursuit of excellence as an integrated health care system. Therefore, we will continue to advocate for transgender and all individuals’ rights to quality health care.”