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Legal Challenge Against Federal Rule Eroding Healthcare Protections

Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown, along with attorneys general from 18 other states, filed an amicus brief supporting a challenge against a 2020 federal rule that reduced nondiscrimination protections under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.

The rule, criticized for being “arbitrary and capricious,” is said to harm underserved populations by narrowing the scope of entities covered under Section 1557, removing protections for transgender individuals, expanding exemptions, and failing to consider its negative impacts on healthcare access.

The plaintiffs, consisting of civil rights and reproductive health advocacy groups, filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn this rule, arguing it violates the Administrative Procedure Act due to its detrimental effects on equitable healthcare access. The challenged rule, issued on June 19, 2020, had previously eliminated regulations preventing discrimination against vulnerable groups by health programs receiving federal funding.


Pamela K Coyle 1949-2024

Pam received her Master’s degree in library science from Clarion University in 1978. She never lost her love of reading or her enthusiasm for libraries.

Daily Forecast, April 21, 2024

Franklin County Forecast: In the forecast for today, we are expecting overcast clouds, with a high of 52.23°F and a low of 35.2°F. The humidity

Candie Sue Diffenderfer 1963-2024

Candie worked in the Prothonotary’s office at the Fulton County Courthouse, and later at Irving Accounting and U.S.A. Cartage in Williamsport, MD.

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