LGBTQ+ healthcare protections reinstated, advocates call for more action

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – Healthcare protections for the LGBTQ+ community are reinstated following an announcement from the Biden Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services.

“It’s a step in the right direction,” said Sam Cloud, president of Tucson Pride.

The Biden administration announced healthcare providers and organizations getting federal funding cannot discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation or identity. The move is a win for LGBTQ+ advocates, though they are asking for more protections with insurers, pre-existing conditions and who has to follow the law.

Dr. Jess Hensel, a family physician at El Rio Health, said the move is a good first step, but more should be done.