District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray on Thursday announced that public and private health insurance plans that the D.C. government regulates — including Medicaid, D.C. government employee insurance, and private plans sold on D.C.’s health exchange — will be required to cover transition-related care.
A bulletin issued Thursday by the city’s Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking says that gender dysphoria is a recognized medical condition. It says the various forms of treatment for that condition, including gender reassignment surgery, are covered benefits.
Gray says people with gender dysphoria, also known as gender identity disorder, “should not have to pay exorbitant out-of-pocket expenses for medically necessary treatment.”
“This victory reaffirms growing agreement among advocates and the medical community that D.C.’s healthcare nondiscrimination laws require that insurance cover medically necessary transgender healthcare,” said Andy Bowen, Policy Associate for the National Center for Transgender Equality.