Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finalized a rule that reduces anti-discrimination protections in health care for transgender people.
The rule changed the previous definition for covered health care entities of “[discrimination] on the basis of sex” so that the definition no longer includes gender identity. CVS Health opposed this change when it was proposed in May 2019 and does not plan to change coverage policies to scale back anything based on the new rule.
“We are proud of our long-standing commitment to eliminating discrimination in health care and health care coverage, including our commitment to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities,” says Karen S. Lynch, President, Aetna Business Unit and Executive Vice President, CVS Health. “That commitment isn’t changing; it is a part of our culture and explicit in our corporate policies.”
CVS Health remains committed to being an inclusive employer and health care company. The company does not intend to change its corporate nondiscrimination policy, which states, in part: