This talk is from the 2022 Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health Care Conference.
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Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund – Health Insurance Medical Policies: Gender Dysphoria / Gender Reassignment
This page by the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund features most major insurance companies policies describing their criteria for adminstering coverage for gender-affirming treatment and procedures.
The National Center for Trans Equality has created a comprehensive state-by-state guide that provides information about law firms and attorneys that provide legal services to transgender and gender diverse people.
Health care professionals play an important role not only in delivering health care, but also in assisting transgender patients with non-medical aspects of gender-affirmation. Health care professionals must provide documentation for insurance appeals, gender marker changes, or medical leave. Patients may tell providers of legal problems they are experiencing and ask for help with advocacy at school or work. Caring for minors raises challenges when parents disagree about treatments. In this talk from the 2020 Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health conference, participants will gain a basic understanding of legal issues facing trans people and the current state of legal protections available so that you can become an effective advocate and resource for trans patients.
Transgender people have unprecedented access to medical care, but pervasive health disparities persist. Widespread discrimination in health insurance, employment, housing and education, and barriers to obtaining accurate identity documents continue to undermine the health of transgender people. Health care providers play an important role in connecting patients to needed legal services. This can be effectively accomplished through integrated services of a medical-legal partnership that specifically meets the needs of transgender patients.
In this talk, Noah Lewis discusses legal issues that transgender people face and how health care providers play an important role in connecting patients to needed legal services including health insurance, employment, housing and education, and obtaining accurate identity documents.
This fact sheet describes common social and legal needs that affect the health of transgender individuals, and ways integrated legal services can help meet those needs. It examines medical-legal partnership programs at three health care organizations and how they operate, and it shares stories of people benefiting from medical-legal partnership services.
In “The Context, Science and Practice of Gender-Affirming Care,” commentary authors Alex S. Keuroghlian, JoAnne Keatley, Simran Shaikh and Asa E. Radix, posit that gender-affirming care for transgender and gender diverse (TGD) people should be inclusive, community led and evidence informed to support mental health and wellbeing. This article outlines the evolution of gender-affirming care since the 1930s and emphasizes psychological, social, legal, medical and surgical affirmation within the contexts of culturally responsive healthcare environments, as well as broader policies and laws that support and protect gender diversity locally, nationally and globally.
Mason J. Dunn, JD, is the Deputy Director of Education and Training Programs and the Fenway Institute. Mason is an attorney, and brings their legal and advocacy experience to the Institute. They have worked in the LGBTQ+ equality movement for over 15 years across the country. Prior to joining Fenway, Mason was Executive Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition where they successfully advocated for the advancement of nonbinary gender markers on Massachusetts state ID's, participated in coalition to address restrictions in healthcare and gender marker changes on Massachusetts birth certificates, and worked to build the coalition which passed state-wide nondiscrimination protections in public accommodations for transgender and nonbinary people. In 2018, Mason co-chaired the historic 2018 Yes on 3 campaign, which successfully defended the Massachusetts' trans-inclusive public accommodation nondiscrimination law, in the nation's first ever state-wide vote on transgender rights. Mason has also worked in state and local advocacy with GLSEN, Keshet, and many state-based equality organizations across the country.
Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health was developed in response to the high volume of queries from clinicians and health care staff seeking to learn about providing high-quality care for adults, adolescents, and children who are questioning their gender identity or who identify as transgender or gender-diverse.