Vivent Health Applauds Supreme Court Decision Protecting Rights of LGBTQIA Workers
Trump Administration Should Adopt Same Rationale and Pull Back Discriminatory Health Care Access Rule that Would Harm LGBTQIA Individuals
June 15, 2020 – The decision issued today by the Supreme Court in Bostock makes it clear that LGBTQIA individuals in the United States have the same civil employment rights and legal protections as everyone. This decision should put to rest, finally, any questions about the role of the federal government and our society of written laws in protecting all citizens, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or gender expression.
“Let me be clear: it is well past time that all forms of discrimination against LGBTQIA individuals end, and that they end now,” said Michael J. Gifford, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vivent Health. “This Supreme Court decision demonstrates this is the law of the land. Now we must act to achieve it.”
Unfortunately, just three days prior to the announcement of this decision, the Trump Administration published federal rules that state the opposite is true for certain programs designed to ensure access to health care for millions of Americans. In publishing the rules, the Administration makes it clear that it supports eliminating civil rights protections for LGBTQIA individuals under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. That such a rule would be published during the Covid-19 pandemic, and at a time the Administration has a publicly stated goal of ending HIV as a pandemic – both of which disproportionately impact people of color – is nothing short of cruel and dishonest.
“It is time for the Administration to stop its push for regressive, oppressive policies that harm the LGBTQIA community and people of color. The President should follow the lead of the Supreme Court and rescind its recently issued rule that would destroy civil rights protections for LGBTQIA individuals who are trying to access federally-funded health care programs and services” said Gifford. “Vivent Health is committed to making sure everyone affected by HIV, including the people we serve as well as our employees, are welcome and respected. Our commitment is that we will never turn anyone away from our care or our employment based on who they love, their gender, their identity or their race and that we will continue to prioritize dismantling the systemic racism that has for far too long prevented people of color in our communities from achieving health and full participation in our society.”