• By Traci Klein

Mayo Clinic reaffirms support for equal rights for transgender patients

June 15, 2020
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Mayo Clinic will sustain services and coverage related to gender transitions despite the rule recently issued by the Department of Health and Human Services and supports efforts to address discrimination in all forms. 

On Friday, June 12, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a rule that would remove protections for gender identity and sexual orientation under the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act. The rule allows health care workers, hospitals and insurance companies that receive federal funding to refuse to provide or cover services related to gender transitions for transition-related care.

Mayo Clinic strongly supports the LGBTQ community and will continue its commitment to care for patients undergoing gender transition.  

"Mayo Clinic stands against discrimination in all its forms," says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. "We do not support limitations on protections against discrimination for people on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. I'm heartened by the Supreme Court's recent decision in Bostock v. Clayton County that clarifies that federal law prohibits employment discrimination against LGBTQ people. Mayo Clinic's care for and commitment to our patients and staff, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, is unwavering. We will continue to support equal rights for all the patients we serve."

Media Contact: Traci Klein, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs,
507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu