The New York Times lauds Maryland's transgender non-discrimination act while New York "fails on this issue of fairness"

The New York Times editorial board commended Maryland's recent passage of a non-discrimination bill protecting transgender people. They called on Governor Cuomo's administration to push for a similar law. This law that would prohibit discrimination against transgender New Yorkers and allow for the repeal of a regulation that bans Medicaid from covering transgender healthcare.

Maryland sets a good example for other states like  New York, who have failed on this issue of fairness. There's less than a month to go before the legislative session in Albany ends and it's time for state lawmakers to approve this long- stalled bill. The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, would ensure that all transgender people, desipte their economic or class bracket can receive adequate healthcare that address their specific needs.

The bill would prohibit, statewide, unjust treatment, allow for enforcement by the state’s Division of Human Rights, and open the door to removing the exclusion in the state’s Medicaid program for transition-related care. States like Connecticut and California have pointed to their own nondiscrimination laws as reason to end the bar on such coverage under their Medicaid programs.

The only real hope for enacting the bill this session rests on Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a supporter of the bill. “Working behind the scenes,” as Mr. Cuomo’s deputy secretary for civil rights, Alphonso David, says he and the governor are doing, is not enough. Mr. Cuomo needs to wage a strong and visible fight on this bill, as he did in his successful effort to push through same-sex marriage three years ago. 

Read the full editorial from The New York Times.

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