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Connecticut requires health insurance cover transition costs

January 2, 2014
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Connecticut requires health insurance cover transition costs:

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The Connecticut Insurance Department has enacted a policy requiring that health insurance companies cover practices and treatments related to gender transition.

The department issued a bulletin saying they want to ensure that “individuals with gender dysphoria … are not denied access to medically necessary care because of the individual’s gender identity or gender expression.” Connecticut has banned discrimination on the basis of gender identity/expression since 2011. 

For a transgender individual, the consequences of an insurance company’s denial of coverage can be dire, Paakkonen said. They include suicide attempts, substance abuseand relying on unlicensed practitioners and counterfeit hormones, he said.

Masen Davis, executive director of the Transgender Law Center in Oakland, Calif., said his organization regularly hears from people who have been denied insurance coverage because they are transgender.

“Many have been told that because they are transgender they have a preexisting condition,” Davis said. “Many of the exclusions have also been used to limit access to coverage for basic health care that anybody would need.”

Excellent news. Let’s get this nationwide, please? 

BRB moving to Connecticut.

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