February 7, 2013 | by WBadmin
Trans residents find more health coverage in Ore., Calif.
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SALEM, Ore. — Regulators in Oregon and California have quietly directed some health insurance companies to stop denying coverage for transgender patients, the Associated Press reported.

The states aren’t requiring coverage of specific medical treatments but some private insurance companies have been told they must pay for a trans person’s hormone therapy, breast reduction, cancer screening or any other procedure deemed medically necessary if it’s covered for non-trans patients, the AP report said.

The changes apply to companies insuring about a third of Oregon residents and about 7 percent of California residents but not to those on Medicare and Medicaid or the majority of California residents insured through a health management organization, the report said.

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