"The Trump administration's latest scheme to overturn an Obama-era rule under the Affordable Care Act that provided anti-discrimination protections for transgender Americans is repugnant and unacceptable.
"While this federal administration works to roll back healthcare, in New York we are doing the opposite. We took action in this year's state budget to ensure all New Yorkers are protected from insurance discrimination by enshrining these critical protections from the Affordable Care Act into state law.
"After reports last summer that the Trump administration could propose this despicable rule, at my direction the State Department of Health issued regulations prohibiting health care providers from discriminating against transgender patients. Also at my direction, the Department of Financial Services issued regulations expanding the scope of anti-discrimination protections for trans individuals when it comes to accessing health insurance, and issued a circular letter reminding industry participants that discrimination on the basis of gender identity is already prohibited in New York in certain policies.
"My message to transgender and gender nonconforming New Yorkers is simple: We have your back. Your healthcare will not be jeopardized because of this proposed rule. And we will not stop fighting to ensure equal protections for every New Yorker regardless of their gender identify."