Friday, February 15, 2013

SF To Cover SRS For All Transgender Residents

San Francisco to cover sex change surgeries for all uninsured transgender residents

The commentators at FOX News are going to love this one.

In 2001, San Francisco became the first city in the country to cover the cost of sex change surgeries for transgender city employees. In 2007, it became the first city in the country to provide health care for all uninsured residents through its Healthy San Francisco program.

Now, San Francisco is combining those firsts into yet another pioneering move by becoming the first city in the country to cover the cost of gender reassignment surgeries for its uninsured transgender residents.

The Department of Public Health has long been on the cutting-edge of providing medical care for transgender patients. It established a special clinic for them in 1994 and offers hormone   therapy, counseling and primary care services.

But the city’s health regulations excluded coverage for gender reassignment surgeries, and the department hasn’t employed surgeons capable of performing them.

That’s about to change thanks in large part to advocacy from the city’s Transgender Law Centerand Supervisor Scott Wiener who quietly introduced legislation at the Board of Supervisors over the summer encouraging the health department to remove the exclusion from its code. -SFGate 


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