Community Call to Be Held on Transgender Healthcare
June 13, 2014 by Hayley Miller, Senior Digital Media Associate
On Monday the Center for American Progress and the National Center for Transgender Equality will be holding a call on transgender healthcare rights. Now that healthcare programs are starting to address the needs of transgender healthcare, this call will discuss the next phase in advocating for transgender healthcare rights in public and private insurance plans.
Earlier this year the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Department Appeals Board ruled that Medicare’s policy of categorically excluding coverage of transition related care is unreasonable and contrary to contemporary science and medical standards of care. This was a long-awaited and welcome decision that will benefit the health and well-being of transgender patients on Medicare seeking care, but it is clear there is more work to be done to end prejudice in the U.S. healthcare system.
Beck Bailey, Deputy Director, Employee Engagement Programs at HRC, said, "In the private sector, we have seen significant progress in securing transgender healthcare coverage as measured in the HRC Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index: from a handful of companies in 2009, to 206 in 2012, to a record 340 in 2014. The progress made with Medicare and America’s leading companies is definitely worth celebrating, but as many transgender Americans remain barred from coverage by discriminatory insurance policy exclusions, our work is not done."
The call will take place on Monday, June 16, from 3:00 pm EST - 4:00 pm EST. Speakers include Andrew Cray, Policy Analyst, LGBT Progress, Center for American Progress, Beck Bailey, Deputy Director, Workplace Equality Program, Human Rights Campaign, Jennifer Levi, Transgender Rights Project Director, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality To register, click here.
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