LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Earlier today the Oregon Health Plan added transgender coverage to the state Medicaid program following efforts by local trans and LGBT organizations. This builds on the earlier inclusion of pubertal suppression treatment for transgender adolescents.
According a Facebook post by TransActive’s Executive Director, Jenn Burleton, this is the gist of the OHP decision: October 1. 2014: Coverage for all pubertal suppression related care AND mental health care. Jan 1 – April 1, 2015: Adding coverage for cross-sex hormones and gender confirmation surgeries.
The local organizations behind this victory are the TransActive Gender Center, Basic Rights Oregon, Portland Q Center and Cascade Aids Project.
A .pdf about the OHP decision: http://www.basicrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/FAQ-on-Oregon-Health-Plan-coverage-for-Gender-Dysphoria.pdf
Clearly a huge step forward. My congrats to all the people and organizations behind this.
t/h: Jenn Burleton
My earlier article on the OHP: https://lexiecannes.com/2013/01/30/pro-trans-kids-group-gets-puberty-blockers-a-covered-item-in-the-oregon-health-plan/
More information on today’s decision: www.transactiveonline.com
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Read Lexie Cannes in The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-odonnell/