Monday, April 21, 2014


In San Francisco starting last summer they offer surgery for trans-people.
Transgender surgeries funded by San Francisco called successful
by Chris Roberts @cbloggy | March 23, 2014

San Francisco's foray into paying for sexual reassignment surgery for the poor and uninsured is so far a success, officials said.

Fifteen people have had sexual reassignment surgeries paid for by The City in the last nine months, when the Department of Public Health started covering the once-controversial procedures.
However, San Francisco remains the only city in the state to cover gender reassignment surgery for the poor and uninsured with gender identity disorder. Gender identity disorder, or gender dysphoria, is the condition where a person does not identify with the sex with which they were born.
A total of 87 people without health insurance have entered the program, according to Barry Zevin, who heads the Transgender Health Project in the health department. About "five to 10" new requests are received each month, he said -- and at a negligible cost.
Now if only Husky here in Connecticut covered gender confirming surgery. ACA will require trans-people to be covered for medically necessary treatment, including GCS.


  1. Are you sure that ACA will require coverage of GCS? If so, when is that to be and for whom (as in only exchage insurance purchasers)?

    Hoping that you are right. Most private employers still aren't covering it. : (

    Best to you,


  2. If you can make it to the Trans Health and Law conference this Saturday we are having a workshop on the ACA, "Building the Trans Health Movement: 'Get with the times, people'"
    This workshop is aimed at raising awareness to allies about the barriers that transgender and gender-nonconforming people face in accessing health care, as well as empowering those within the community who have experienced discrimination. Transgender health care is broadly misunderstood by the general population. Finding competent and welcoming providers and medical facilities can be daunting in spite of gains realized by the Affordable Care Act and other recently passed laws. Finding coverage for medically necessary care is close to impossible for most, even though leading medical associations support coverage. This workshop is a call to action for anyone looking to be involved in the movement to stop transgender health care discrimination. Understanding the aspects of medical transition and the developing legal landscape challenging barriers to care can help allies become better and more effective. This workshop will include transgender and gender non-conforming narratives.