- March 27, 2015
This week, Connecticut lawmakers repealed a regulation that denied transgender people medically appropriate transition-related healthcare under Medicaid.
Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) announced in a press release, “Yesterday, Connecticut’s Legislative Regulation Review Committee approved a regulation that repeals the ban on coverage for the treatment of gender dysphoria, the diagnostic term used to refer to discomfort or distress caused by a difference between a person’s gender identity and their sex assigned at birth. “
Coverage for transgender-related healthcare under Medicaid, a health insurance program for low-income Americans, varies state-by-state. Many states continue to have statutory or regulatory prohibitions that prevent transgender people from accessing appropriate, medically necessary care.
Last week, the New York State Department of Health also announced that New Yorkers would have access to transgender-related healthcare under Medicaid after a 17-year ban.
While there continue to be unfair exclusions in health coverage that target transgender people, changes like this provide enormous opportunities for the transgender community to receive transgender-related health coverage for the first time.
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