“People will not be subject to age or disability discrimination when the going gets tough,” Roger Severino, the director of the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services, told NPR.

WASHINGTON, DC – January 18: HHS Office of Civil Rights Director Roger Severino speaks at a news conference announcing a new division on Conscience and Religious Freedom at the Department of Health and Human Services January 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. The new division, part of the department’s Office of Civil Rights, will aide medical professionals who object to certain procedures on religious grounds. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)