Tuesday, September 4, 2012

In a Bad Economy Some Good News

In a recent letter hailed by advocates in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, the Department of Health and Human Services clarified that provisions in the Affordable Care Act prohibiting sex discrimination in health insurance apply to transgender people.

With HHS declaring that it would be discriminatory for employers, insurers and others to deny health insurance coverage or benefits based on “gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity,” advocates hope that transgender people — those who identify with a sex other than the one they were born as — will take another step toward achieving equality in health care.
“This is a population that’s very underserved and in need of a lot of health care,” says M. Dru Lavasseur, a transgender rights attorney at Lambda Legal, an advocacy group based in New York. “This HHS letter sends a message that we need to address its problems.” Continue reading here.

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