Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente announced this week that it will cover health services for transgender citizens following the announcement earlier this month that Colorado HealthOP, a nonprofit cooperative health insurance plan, would offer similar coverage.
“Colorado will be one of the first states to have a health insurer selling plans that do not exclude transgender people,” she said. “If you’re being denied access to health care altogether, based on who you are – when you’re at your most down and out and when you’re needing care – to be discriminated against at that point is devastating.”
According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, the transgender population has a 41 percent suicide rate, compared with less than 2 percent for the general population.
A spokesperson for the center said that a lack of adequate health care protections is a factor in the high suicide rate.
A spokesperson for the Colorado Division of Insurance told LGBTQ Nation that all health insurers doing business in the state must offer coverage for the transgender population, although only two have done so thus far.