Coverage for gender-affirming care: Making health insurance work for transgender Americans

William Padula, Kellan Baker

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Abstract

Many transgender Americans continue to remain uninsured or are underinsured because of payers' refusal to cover medically necessary, gender-affirming healthcare services - such as hormone therapy, mental health counseling, and reconstructive surgeries. Coverage refusal results in higher costs and poor health outcomes among transgender people who cannot access gender-affirming care. Research into the value of health insurance coverage for gender-affirming care for transgender individuals shows that the health benefits far outweigh the costs of insuring transition procedures. Although the Affordable Care Act explicitly protects health insurance for transgender individuals, these laws are being threatened; therefore, this article reviews their importance to transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-247
Number of pages4
JournalLGBT Health
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017

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Transgender Persons
Health Insurance
Reconstructive Surgical Procedures
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Delivery of Health Care
Insurance Coverage
Insurance Benefits
Health Care Costs
Counseling
Mental Health
Hormones
Costs and Cost Analysis
Research

Keywords

  • cost-effectiveness
  • health insurance
  • LGBT
  • transgender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Urology

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Coverage for gender-affirming care : Making health insurance work for transgender Americans. / Padula, William; Baker, Kellan.

In: LGBT Health, Vol. 4, No. 4, 01.08.2017, p. 244-247.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Padula, William ; Baker, Kellan. / Coverage for gender-affirming care : Making health insurance work for transgender Americans. In: LGBT Health. 2017 ; Vol. 4, No. 4. pp. 244-247.
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