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AMA advises surgery should not be a requirement for birth certificate changes

| Monday, June 9, 2014
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CHICAGO -- The American Medical Association on Monday said transgender people should be able to switch the sex designation on their birth certificates without having sex-change surgery. Most states make the operations a prerequisite, but a new AMA policy acknowledges that gender identity doesn't always match a person's birth anatomy.

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Ill. insurance marketplace to open special enrollment for married, gay couples

| Sunday, June 1, 2014
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CHICAGO — Illinois’ health insurance marketplace is now allowing married, gay and lesbian couples to enroll for private coverage. Now that same-sex marriage is legal in the state, Get Covered Illinois announced it will open up special enrollment periods for gay couples.

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Medicare coverage ban on gender reassignment surgery lifted

| Friday, May 30, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO — Transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for gender reassignment surgeries, a U.S. Department of Health and Services review board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures as a medically necessary and effective treatment for individuals who do not identify with their biological sex.

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Complaint accuses Fla. insurers of discrimination against HIV patients

| Thursday, May 29, 2014
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Two health organizations filed a complaint with federal officials Thursday, alleging that some Florida insurance companies are violating the Affordable Care Act by structuring their drug policies in a way that discourages consumers with HIV and AIDS from choosing their plans.

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Rochester to cover gender reassignment for transgender city workers

| Sunday, May 18, 2014
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Officials in Rochester, N.Y., say their city will extend transition-related health coverage to transgender and gender non-conforming municipal employees.

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Lambda Legal sues doctor, clinic for denying care to transgender woman

| Thursday, April 17, 2014
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URBANA, Ill. -- Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a lawsuit claiming that an Illinois health care services group denied medical care to a transgender woman after she requested hormone replacement therapy.

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Study: Marriage leads to improved health for same-sex couples and their children

| Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Dr. Paul Melchert (left) and his husband James Zimmerman, with their twin boys.
A recent report from The New England Journal of Medicine finds that marriage equality has positive effects on public health by improving access to healthcare for same-sex couples and their children, and reducing the risks of anxiety, depression and other mental health problems when a couple’s relationship is not legally recognized.

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Univ. of Kentucky says survey was intended to improve health services

| Thursday, April 10, 2014
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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky says a campus-wide student survey that asked students whether homosexuality was a sin was intended to improve the school’s health services.

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Gay men divided over use of HIV prevention drug

| Sunday, April 6, 2014
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NEW YORK — It's the Truvada conundrum: A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential for protecting uninfected men who engage in gay sex without using condoms.

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Concerns escalate following deaths of gay, bisexual men from meningitis

| Saturday, April 5, 2014
Damian Dovarganes, APLos Angeles County Public Health Clinics are offering free vaccines against invasive meningococcal disease to those without health insurance.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — In the heart of this close-knit gay community, Luke Martel reflects the feelings of many when it comes to a strain of meningitis that has killed three gay men this year in Los Angeles County: He's concerned but not overly so.

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