It’s the second rule this month the agency has put forward to allow healthcare providers to deny services to transgender individuals [File: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

The Trump administration has proposed a new rule that would roll back sex discrimination protection for transgender people in health services.

In the proposed rule issued on Friday, the United States Health and Human Services Department (HHS) said laws banning sex discrimination in healthcare don’t apply to people’s “gender identity”. LGBT groups have long warned that such a move could lead to denial of needed medical care.

It is the second rule this month the agency has put forward to allow healthcare providers to deny services to them. 

The landmark Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, passed during the

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