April 17, 2013 | by Staff reports
Trans inclusion clarified for insurance providers
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SAN FRANCISCO — California’s Department of Managed Health Care has issued guidance clarifying the obligations of the state’s health plans under the Insurance Gender Nondiscrimination Act, the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News reported last week.

The department confirmed that the state’s Insurance Non-Discrimination Act of 2006 guarantees all people the right to access coverage for medically necessary care regardless of their gender identity or gender expression, the article said. It also said patients who are denied coverage can appeal the decision for review by the department.

A 2008 study conducted by Transgender Law Center found that an alarmingly high rate of transgender patients were denied coverage for essential health care: 15 percent were outright denied gender-specific care such as pap-smears or prostate exams just because they were transgender, the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News reported.

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