The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) believes that all people have a right to unfettered access to health care. Section 1557 of current law specifically prohibits discrimination in health coverage and care on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability in health programs and activities that receive federal funding. The proposed changes to the rule would undermine this principle and potentially discourage or prevent people from accessing needed care.
Health centers have a long-standing mission to provide comprehensive services to all people and to advance the health and safety of communities with care that is evidence-based, compassionate and respectful of patients’ sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, disability, ethnic origin, national origin or age. As trusted community providers for more than 50 years, health centers will continue to provide safe spaces and a wide array of services to diverse communities, including members of the LGBT community and women.