As soon as Gov. Larry Hogan announced one day after his inauguration that regulations including non-discrimination provisions in Medicaid were being held back and that the words “gender identity” had been excluded from an executive order mandating that state employees follow all applicable laws, two Baltimore-based organizations were quick to respond.
Equality Maryland and FreeState Legal Project, in a joint statement on Jan. 23, protested both developments. Later that day, a revised executive order was released to include “gender identity.
“We are pleased that Governor Hogan re-issued the Executive Order to reflect current state law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity,” Carrie Evans, executive director of Equality Maryland, told the Blade. “Equality Maryland will continue to advocate for the proposed regulation prohibiting discrimination by Medicaid providers to be revived.”