October 9th, 2009 5:33 pm | by Amanda Ingram News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP, Politics

Basic Rights Oregon Takes Up Trans Issues In Health Care Debate


The hot topic of health care reform hits everyone differently. From the perspective of Basic Rights Oregon, one ignored group is transgender people, so BRO announced this week that it's building a campaign for transgender people to get better health care coverage.

"The vast majority of insurance policies explicitly exclude trans-appropriate healthcare" reads BRO's website.

BRO says it's found that health insurance policies often times do not cover hormones or surgery for people in transition, and that unless they are diagnosed with "Gender Identity Disorder", which is considered a mental illness, transgendered people can not usually get access to proper care or even basic coverage.

Another problem facing transgender people's health care, BRO says, is many doctors lack experience, or are uncomfortable treating people changing their gender identity. That in turn leads to concerns about transgender access to reproductive health care.

Basic Rights Oregon will work with doctors and health care providers to expose them to trans issues, hoping that will increase comfort levels when working with people in transition. They also want transgendered people to have access to proper coverage regardless of their gender-identities.
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