Trans Healthcare Discrimination: Now Effectively Illegal

Posted by Riley on 05/18/2016

If you followed the news last week, you know that the goings on were epic. As Jen Laws noted on in his piece, “46 Words,” Loretta Lynch and the DOJ filed a lawsuit against North Carolina for its HB2 law. In addition to that, the Department of Education provided guidance making it clear that schools must treat transgender students according to their gender identity in all respects and cannot ban transgender students from using facilities that match the gender they live as every day. You can find more in-depth information about all of this in our last news post.

The BIGGEST news, for Remedyland, at least is that Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or the ACA/"Obamacare"), which prohibits discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming folks (among others), was finalized and is set to take effect July 18. This means that insurance companies have to cover transition-related care if they cover similar care for cisgender folks. It mean that they can't issue blanket exclusions to care nor label things as "cosmetic" or "experimental". It means... a lot of things...

I sat down with Jen Laws to understand the impact of Section 1557, what we know, and what’s yet to be determined. Take a listen to the podcast here:
 




The transcript for this video can be found here.

The podcast is approximately 33 minutes long and includes a Q&A near the end that addresses common questions as well as those RAD Remedy has received from the community.

If you have questions about Section 1557, continue the conversation using the hashtag #RAD1557 or send an email to us at info@radremedy.org and we’ll make sure they get addressed.

NOTE: Within the video, Jen misspoke about HHS. It was not formed by the ACA. It existed prior to the ACA but was given expanded powers with the passing of the ACA.


LINKS:
Jen’s DOJ Piece: https://www.radremedy.org/news/4/
Lynch: http://heavy.com/news/2016/05/loretta-lynch-doj-north-carolina-hb2-bathroom-house-bill-2-transgender-lawsuit-full-speech-transcript-video/
DOE: http://transgenderlawcenter.org/archives/12905
1557: http://transgenderlawcenter.org/archives/12908


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