By Hope Gillette
September 10, 2012
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions regarding sex discrimination in health insurance policies are inclusive of transgender people, stated the department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in a recent letter. These ACA provisions however will not require insurance companies to cover gender-transition surgeries.
Approximately 2 to 5 percent of the population is considered transgender, which the American Psychological Association defines as “persons whose gender identity, gender expression, or behavior does not conform to that typically associated with the sex to which they were assigned at birth.”
Approximately 27 percent of male-to-female transgender people are Hispanics, compared to 12 percent of female-to-male transgender people.
“This is a population that’s very underserved and in need of a lot of health care,” said to the Huffington Post M. Dru Lavasseur, a transgender rights attorney at Lambda Legal, an advocacy group based in New York. “This HHS letter sends a message that we need to address its problems.”