California issues groundbreaking directive on transgender health care

Posted by Will O'Bryan
April 10, 2013 10:28 AM |

“This one letter will save lives. For years, transgender Californians have been denied coverage of basic care merely because of who we are. Discriminatory insurance exclusions put transgender people and our families at risk for health problems and financial hardship. Now we can finally get the care we need.”

Masen Davis, executive director of the Transgender Law Center, responding to an April 9 directive issued by California’s Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). The directive confirms that the state’s 2006 Insurance Non-Discrimination Act guarantees health care access regardless of gender identity/expression. Coupled with 2012 regulations, health plans have been instructed to “revise current plan documents to remove exclusions and limitations related to gender transition.” The directive applies to DMHC-regulated HMOs and PPOs. (Transgender Law Center)

 


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