Inclusion cutouts The rulingcomes as the Supreme Court debates whether protections for LGBTindividuals are protected from employment discrimination. (Photo:Shutterstock)

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Transgender protections created under the Obama administrationcontinue to be unraveled by the Trump administration. The latest:protections requiring insurers and providers to provide treatmentregardless of sex or gender identity.

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Opponents argued that the rule would force doctors to performprocedures and insurers to cover services they didn't agree with.On Tuesday, Judge Reed O'Connor–thrust in the spotlight lastDecember for his ruling on the ACA–agreed. Judge O'Connor ruledthat the regulation was a violation of the Religious FreedomRestoration Act, passed in 1993 to protect religious freedom.

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Related: Lawsuits pave the way for transgender insurancecoverage

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The current Department of Health and Human Services elected notto defend the rule.

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The ruling, which will likely be appealed, comes as the SupremeCourt debates whether protections for LGBT individuals areprotected from employment discrimination under Title VII of theCivil Rights Act of 1964.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.