The Colorado Association of Health Plans has become the first trade group of its kind in the nation to promise equal coverage for transgender patients.
As shopping for health plans intensifies before next week’s deadline to get coverage starting on Jan. 1, Price released a statement assuring customers that exclusions will no longer apply.
“We would like all consumers to know that they can shop for health insurance coverage with confidence. All CAHP member carriers are conducting a thorough review of their coverage and processes to ensure they will cover medically necessary services for transgender individuals to the same extent that those services are covered for non-transgender individuals enrolled in the same benefit plan,” Price said.
Advocates for American transgender people are hailing the decision as a civil rights victory.
While there’s no guarantee that all health plans will cover the same level of care for patients, if an insurer covers a service like chest reduction surgery for a cis gender patient, they will also need to pay for it for a transgender patient.
Do far, four states and the District of Columbia have clarified that anti-discrimination laws apply to transgender health care. The other states are Oregon, California and Vermont.
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