Historic Healthcare Fight for Transgender Patient

Our firm represents Jakob Rumble, a transgender man who has alleged discrimination in accessing healthcare in violation of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and the Minnesota Human Rights Act, in a case pending in the District of Minnesota. In 2013, Mr. Rumble sought emergency medical care at the Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota for a high fever and extreme genital pain so severe he could barely walk. The suit alleges that while in Defendants’ emergency room, Mr. Rumble was made to wear a hospital ID bracelet identifying him as “female” despite his protestations and request to be identified as male, that he was treated with hostility and made to endure an unnecessarily rough and painful exam by the emergency room doctor, that his pain was inadequately managed, and that he continued to experience disrespectful and discriminatory care over his several days as an admitted patient. In addition, after his ordeal, Defendants sent Mr. Rumble a bill stating that his “diagnosis is inconsistent with the patient’s gender.”

In March 2015, in an order denying the Defendants’ motions to dismiss and allowing the case to proceed, the Court in Rumble recognized that Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act as well as the Minnesota Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination against transgender people in accessing healthcare services. This landmark order has garnered national attention and appreciation from advocates for transgender health rights. Working with our co-counsel at the non-profit Gender Justice, our attorneys continue the fight for Mr. Rumble.