URBANA - Lambda Legal has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Naya Taylor Yesterday, , Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit on behalf of Naya Taylor, a transgender woman who claims she was denied medical care after she requested hormone replacement therapy. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Urbana Division, alleges a violation of the Obamacare's non-discrimination provisions prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity.
"The provisions of the Affordable Care Act are clear: doctors receiving federal funds cannot discriminate in providing patient care just because a person is transgender," said Kenneth Upton, Senior Counsel for Lambda Legal.
Taylor is a transgender woman living in Mattoon, Illinois. Dr. Aja Lystila had been Taylor's primary care physician, but when Taylor requested to start hormone replacement therapy as part of her transition-related healthcare to treat her gender dysphoria, Dr. Lystila declined, stating that she was not experienced in providing hormones to individuals with gender dysphoria.
The lawsuit names Dr. Lystila and an integrated group of health care services, as defendants. A complaint was also filed with the Illinois Human Rights Commission.