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NY LGBT Network blasts HHS for killing proposed rule to protect LGBT seniors

(Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 – Woodbury, NY) – The New York LGBT Network today blasted the U.S. Health and Human Services that is eliminating a proposed rule to assure same sex spouses equal treatment in long term care facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid fund.

“This is yet another despicable action by President Trump in his administration’s relentless assault on the rights of LGBT people. To withdraw a rule that would simply afford equal treatment for LGBT seniors in long-term care is nothing short of evil and inhumane. Attacking our seniors, who for many had to live their lives facing intense bias and discrimination and remain in the closet, is cruel and un-American. We will fight back and make sure that all Americans, including our LGBT elders, get the fair treatment and dignity they deserve. We will not settle for anything less than that” said Dr. David Kilmnick, President and CEO of the New York LGBT Network.”

The rule was a proposed after the United State Supreme Court’s 2013 Windsor v. U.S. verdict, which knocked out section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, that the US government would recognize same-sex marriages. This would replace President Obama administration’s proposed rule.