Defending Care for All | Equitas Health

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Kaarina Ornelas, Equitas Health board chair

Equitas Health v. The State of Ohio

The ACLU recently filed a lawsuit against the State Ohio on behalf of Equitas Health in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. The suit seeks to overturn Ohio’s Healthcare Denial Law that Governor DeWine signed into law last year. This law is unsafe and unjust. It gives medical providers, hospitals, and health insurance companies legal protection if they choose to deny care or coverage for gender-affirming care, HIV treatment and prevention, and other life-saving care under the pretense of religious freedom.

They are not fooling anyone.

“Religious freedom is not a license to discriminate.”

Amy Gilbert, staff attorney for the ACLU of Ohio

About this page

This page is your source for information and updates about the lawsuit. Here, you will find:

  • Communications about the case from Equitas Health & the ACLU
  • News stories & videos
  • Access to our social media pages

To learn more about your rights & responsibilities when seeking healthcare at Equitas Health, click here.

News & Commentary

Here’s why an Ohio court should strike down the discriminatory Healthcare Denial Law
ACLU Communications Strategist, Jade Martinez’s reflects on how the Ohio GOP continues to pass legislation that most Ohioans don’t even want.
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ACLU, Equitas Health sue Ohio over ‘medical conscience’ clause
Get the Ohio Capital Journal’s take on Equitas Health v. State of Ohio.
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