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HHS Secretary Alex Azar (Photo: Screen Capture/House Appropriations) HHS Secretary Alex Azar (Photo: Screen Capture/House Appropriations)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has removed protection for gay and lesbian people from federal health care program anti-discrimination regulations.

The regulations have prohibited anyone associated with federally funded health care programs and activities — including Medicare Advantage plan issuers; Affordable Care Act exchange plan issuers; agents and brokers who sell Medicare Advantage plans or ACA exchange plans; and health care providers who accept Medicare or Medicaid — from discriminating against people on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or gender identity.

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