This month, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and Kaiser Permanente co-sponsored a first-ever convening of over 30 Washington, DC area physicians, therapists, lawyers and advocates to share information with each other about providing comprehensive care for transgender people. Topics included recent changes in healthcare insurance coverage, Medicare and Medicaid rules, and specific ways providers can better treat transgender clients and patients.
Lisa Mottet, Deputy Director of NCTE, offered an overview of changes in laws and policies governing insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. Mottet’s training included provider’s obligation to sign up to take insurance, Medicare and Medicaid.
In February 2014, Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray announced that all insurance sold in the District is required to cover transition-related care. DC is joined most recently by New York State, which, this month, banned insurance exclusions in private insurance and Medicaid. In total, nine states including the District of Columbia have taken action to eliminate these outdated exclusions: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington State.
As the training drew to a close, providers shared their insights on caring for transgender patients and re-dedicated themselves to working with insurers to advocate for care for transgender people. NCTE is committed to providing trainings and meetings with providers to ensure that no transgender person is denied access to the care they need.