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May 12, 2021

Around the nation: HHS reinstates anti-discrimination protections for transgender people

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    HHS on Monday eliminated a rule implemented by former President Donald Trump's administration that excluded gender identity from protections against sex discrimination, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Illinois, and New York.

    • District of Columbia: HHS on Monday reinstated anti-discrimination protections for transgender people, eliminating a rule implemented during former President Donald Trump's administration that excluded gender identity from protections against sex discrimination. In its release, HHS said the new protections will be in line with a rule from the Supreme Court last year, stating that employers could not fire employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity (Rummler, Axios, 5/10; Shear/Sanger-Katz, New York Times, 5/10; Brady, Modern Healthcare, 5/10).
    • Illinois: Rush University System for Health and Rush University Medical Center has named Patricia Steeves O'Neil as SVP and CFO, as of May 3. O'Neil has worked at Rush for over 20 years, most recently serving as acting SVP and CFO since May 2020. She also previously served as treasurer of Rush University Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital, and teaches in the master's program in health systems management at the Rush University College of Health Sciences (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/30).
    • New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Monday announced that some subway stations in New York will be turned into pop-up Covid-19 vaccine sites. The sites will administer only Johnson & Johnson's one-shot vaccine, and anyone receiving the vaccine will also receive a free seven-day MetroCard pass or two free trips on the Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North. Cuomo said that up to 300 people—whether from New York or elsewhere—a day can be vaccinated at each site. "[I]f you're a tourist and you come to New York, we'll give you a vaccine," he said (Hogan et. al., New York Post, 5/10).

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