Last week, the Trump administration announced its final rule rolling back health care protections for transgender patients.
Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler today announced action to enact emergency rulemaking that will protect transgender Washingtonians' access to health care. The emergency rule will implement HB 2338, which took effect on June 11, prohibiting discrimination by health insurers in Washington.
“This rule is a direct and reprehensible attack on transgender people that undermines the promise of equal access to health care for all Americans," Inslee said. "It stands in stark contrast to today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing that anti-discrimination laws clearly extend to LGBTQ Americans and this will not stand in Washington.
“I am grateful for Commissioner Kreidler’s leadership in preserving these critical protections for Washingtonians and ensuring no patients face barriers to medical care because of who they are.”
- Statements from Inslee and Kreidler on Trump administration action to overturn critical health protections for transgender patients (2019)