Care NE chief says Supreme Court decision could have impacts for health of transgender community

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)– A historic decision by the United States Supreme Court this week declared workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation illegal.

The changes brought forth by the decision won’t end at the workplace. According to medical experts at Care New England, one of the state’s main hospital groups, the ruling will have a major impact on health care protections for those who identify as transgender.

“I think these are positive changes,” Raymond Powrie, executive chief of medicine at Care New England, said. “I think  for healthcare, we want to try and be leaders in its regard to people feeling safe, secured, and valued, regardless of things that are other or different.”

Yet the full impact of the decision remains to be seen. With President Donald Trump ending healthcare protections based on gender identity written into the Affordable Care Act last week, a potential showdown looms.

Democratic senators today issued a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling for a vote on the Equality Act, which would shore up  protections for the LGBTQ community in other areas of life, including jury duty, housing and education.

The bill was introduced by Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline, and approved by the House of Representatives in 2019, but “it has languished in the Senate where Senate Republicans leaders have refused to allow an up or down vote,” Rhode Island senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse said in a a statement today.

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