Transgenders not taking advantage of Obamacare benefits; still complain they’re ‘not served’

Transgenders not taking advantage of Obamacare benefits; still complain they’re ‘not served’

Although transgender adults represent just 0.3% of the U.S. adult population according to Pew Research, they were expected to be huge financial winners under Obamacare. …

[A]n article in the Los Angeles Times claims that “for transgender people, getting healthcare remains difficult.” According to a Times investigative report, the St. John’s Well Child and Family Center in South Los Angeles that offers specialized treatment for 500 transgender patients claims that Obamacare does not help, because there is not specific anti-discrimination language in the law to protect transgenders. …

But this statement seems to lack credibility. The Obamacare Facts website lists a “number of insurers who offer transgender health coverage, as opposed to having blanket exclusions, either through fully-insured plans or as third party administrator of self-insured plans.”

Blue Shield of California is highlighted as an insurance company that now has specific guidelines for gender reassignment or transgender health surgery coverage.

The Human Right Campaign that is “Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights” states that Health Net provides a full suite of sexual assignment medical treatments.

Kaiser Health on its website states that insurers under Obamacare must accept preexisting conditions like “gender identity disorder”, which they acknowledge was often considered a preexisting condition before the Obamacare law. …

[T]he real issue may be that transgenders themselves are not joining Obamacare to avoid paying the 33 percent higher premiums after inflation and putting up cash for the outrageous deductibles and co-pays.

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