The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies stands in strong opposition to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) recent decision to eliminate critical anti-discrimination protections in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). HHS, following guidance from the Administration, has announced its plans to repeal the protections under the Health Care Rights Law (Section 1557 of the ACA) which prohibits insurance companies, hospitals and physicians that receive federal funding from denying patients care because of their race, gender or gender identity. The Network is concerned that the elimination of these protections will encourage discrimination against LGBTQ+ patients and persons of color. While the nation continues to wrestle with the devastating impact of a global pandemic, this decision will increase the many disparities that LGB, transgender, gender non-conforming and persons of color face when accessing healthcare services. As the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us all, these disparities can lead to devastating consequences.
Guided by Jewish values that stress the rights of all who are in need to seek comfort and support, the member agencies of NJHSA will continue to affirm that all NJHSA agency programs and services will be available to all, regardless of race, religion, gender or gender identity. Further, during Pride Month, NJHSA and its member agencies are united in their efforts to extend and strengthen their services so they are fully responsive to the needs of the LGBTQ+ community and their families.
Judy Halper, Board Chair
Reuben D. Rotman, President & CEO