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Judge Temporarily Blocks Biden Administration’s Restoration of Transgender Health Protections

Summary of article from AP News, by Devna Bose:

A federal district court judge has temporarily blocked parts of a Biden administration rule that would prevent insurers and medical professionals from denying hormone therapy and gender transition surgeries for transgender individuals. Judge Louis Guirola Jr. ruled in favor of 15 states, arguing that the 1972 Title IX nondiscrimination law pertains to biological sex rather than gender identity. This nationwide injunction affects the Affordable Care Act rule, which was set to take effect soon. The decision marks another setback for the Biden administration’s efforts to expand anti-discrimination protections, following recent judicial blocks on rules aimed at protecting LGBTQ+ students under Title IX. The ruling has prompted mixed responses, with some states arguing financial and ideological burdens.