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Massachusetts to remove barriers to transgender related healthcare

| Friday, June 20, 2014
Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.)
BOSTON -- A range of gender identity treatments — including hormone therapy and gender-reassignment surgery — could soon be covered in both private insurance and in public programs for Massachusetts residents. [caption id="attachment_144308" align="alignright" width="450"] Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.)[/caption] The Patrick administration said Friday that...

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New York state sued over lack of transgender Medicaid coverage

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
New-York
NEW YORK -- A lawsuit filed Thursday against New York state seeks Medicaid coverage for transgender people seeking what they consider to be life-saving health treatments, including gender change procedures. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan against the state health commissioner, seeks class-action status on behalf of ...

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

| Monday, June 9, 2014
AMA
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
get-covered-illinois
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
HHS-seal
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
heathcare-drugs
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
Rochester-NY
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
Naya Taylor
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
University-of-Kentucky
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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