History: Cecilia Chung on CBS5
Cecilia Chung, former Deputy Director of Transgender Law Center, appeared on CBS5 to discuss transgender health care in the mid-2000s.
California Bans Trans Exclusions!
The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) has ordered California’s health plans to remove blanket exclusions of coverage based on gender identity or gender expression.
10,000 Stories: Health Care!
It's a pivotal moment in the health care debate. We need your stories now. Please share your health care story to help us ensure all transgender people and their families have access to quality health care and health insurance.
Google Offers Transgender Health Care
From the Advocate: Beginning in June, Davis’ organization consulted with Google on expanding such health benefits — an initiative that never included questions of “if” or “why,” he said. “We’ve never worked with a company so clearly dedicated to doing the best they can with transgender employees,” Davis said. “I would anticipate that what they’ve adopted will become the gold standard in the United States.”
Transgender people, like all people, deserve skilled and compassionate health care. Knowledgeable care can mean the difference between life and death for members of our community. Improving our access to the health care system through changes in law, policy and attitudes is a top priority for Transgender Law Center. We work to provide transgender people with increased access to healthcare throughout the state of California through our Project HEALTH program and resources for becoming an informed healthcare activist. We also advocate at the local, state, and national levels for healthcare rights.
The federal department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights has issued final regulations on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. The rule makes clear that health care discrimination against LGBT people—particularly transgender and gender non-conforming people—is unlawful under existing federal law. Our Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet explains the key parts of the rule, including scope, effective dates, and how to take action if you’ve experienced discrimination.
Our guide, Organizing for Transgender Health Care, will give you the tools you need to advocate with the goal of ensuring your local community has competent, quality care available for transgender patients.
Our brochure 10 Tips for Working with Transgender Patients is a great resource for health care providers to begin thinking about how to best provide care. We recommend health care providers contact us for trainings and more resources.
While the behavior of medical professionals may be out of your control, you can change the way your insurance carrier treats your transgender employees. Our Transgender Health Benefits: Negotiating for Inclusive Health Insurance Coverage guide gives you the information you need to clear each hurdle on your way to achieving equitable health benefits.
Our How to Appeal Your Health Care Denial guide was created to help people understand the procedural steps one should consider to appeal a health care denial for health care plans that are managed by the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), the California Department of Insurance (CDI) or Medi-Cal. This handout does not provide the substantive points you should include as part of your appeal. For assistance regarding what documents should be included or for tips negotiating for health care with your employer, see our publication Negotiating for Inclusive Health Insurance Coverage.
- How to Start a Transgender Clinic
A step by step guide for health care providers and community organizers. This printable PDF will guide you though the structure of setting up a transgender clinic
- The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding
The national Institute of Medicine, a non-profit agency that is part of the National Academy of Sciences, advises the U.S. government on health care issues. This 2011 report details the impact of health disparities on LGBT people and includes specific information about transgender health care.
- National Coalition for LGBT Health
The Coalition is made up of groups that advocate for LGBT health and well-being across the country; Transgender Law Center is a member.
- Transgender Health and the Law and La Salud De Personas Transgénero y La Ley
A fact sheet on identifying and fighting health care discrimination, available in English and Spanish
- Health Care Reform Q & A: Transgender Californians / Soy una persona transgénero y vivo en California. ¿Que necesito saber sobre la reforma de cuidado médico?
- F.A.Q: California’s Ban on Transgender Exclusions in Health Insurance
- MediCal Fact Sheet
Information about Medi-Cal and Gender Reassignment Procedures
Meaningful access to quality, affordable health care that meets the needs of transgender people is a priority for Transgender Law Center.
Over the years, we have worked to educate policy makers about transgender health care. For example, back in 2006 we were instrumental in the passage of California’s Insurance Gender Nondiscrimination Act, a law which prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against transgender people.
Currently, we are working to ensure that public and private health insurance cover medically necessary care for transgender people and that all transgender people have access to quality care.
Transgender Law Center is working tirelessly to ensure that health care reform is meaningful for transgender people. For example, as states are setting up insurance exchanges (subsidized marketplaces for insurance), we are working to ensure that there will be equal access to insurance coverage for transgender people, that the Exchange programs include outreach to transgender consumers, and that there is a method for data collection that includes sexual orientation and gender identity so that we can reduce health disparities.
Transgender Law Center also works eliminate discriminatory exclusions in public and private health insurance plans. For example, we recently helped Google remove barriers to care for their transgender employees.
We also work to improve access to community clinics through our groundbreaking partnership, Project HEALTH.
Get involved in our health care advocacy work by sharing your story! We will use your story to educate policy makers on our communities’ need for quality, affordable health care. Share your story here.
Through our helpline and our client advocacy work, we have helped provide dozens of transgender people with the resources they need to challenge discriminatory denials of care from healthcare and health insurance providers.
Uniting Our Communities and Clinics for Social Change.
San Francisco’s Lyon-Martin Health Services, the Transgender Law Center and Equality California have joined forces to provide an innovative, comprehensive program that expands access to healthcare for transgender individuals.
Lyon-Martin draws on thirty years of working with women and trans folks to address systemic barriers trans people face in accessing health care. The Transgender Law Center and Equality California rely on their experience organizing community, engaging in public policy advocacy, and training a broad range of folks on law and policy issues.
Together, we provide training and technical assistance to California clinics and providers, increase community member and provider participation in health advocacy, and seek to bridge the gap between providers and patients.
Recent Health Care Blog Posts…
- WATCH: AJ+ features Positively Trans! May 20, 2016
- New ACA rule bans anti-trans discrimination in health care! What does this mean for you? May 13, 2016
- Transgender Law Center and Lambda Legal Petition VA to Provide Surgery for Transgender Veterans May 10, 2016
- VICTORY! Texas Woman Wins Settlement in Case Challenging Health Care Denial April 5, 2016
- Groundbreaking Research Provides Insight into Lives of Transgender People Living with HIV/AIDS March 24, 2016
- Transgender Law Center launches intersectional collaboration with Western States Center, Data Center February 17, 2016
- National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day February 7, 2016
- World AIDS Day: preview the Positively Trans report! December 1, 2015
- What you need to know – and do – to make the Affordable Care Act work for you October 28, 2015
- TLC celebrates groundbreaking CA prison policy ensuring access to gender-affirming medical care October 21, 2015