The Sylvia Rivera Law Project, TransJustice of the Audre Lorde Project, and GLOBE: The LGBTQ Justice Organization of Make the Road New York are celebrating New York State’s proposed Medicaid regulation as an important step towards safe and affirming healthcare for all trans people. But we still have work to do.
We need to push for real access to healthcare for all trans people. As it stands, the new regulation will not cover all of the life-saving surgeries or medical needs of our trans and gender nonconforming communities, particularly trans women, trans youth, low-income trans people, trans people in prison, and undocumented trans people. The Department of Health needs to hear from us now!
Our coalition is submitting comments to the Department of Health to ask them to pass the new regulation with these amendments: 1)Remove age restrictions that prevent youth under 21 from receiving gender-affirming healthcare; 2) Remove the list of uncovered procedures designated “cosmetic,” and let trans people and their doctors determine what is best for their care; 3) Develop training for healthcare providers; and 4) Create an oversight committee to ensure accountable implementation.
You can write and submit your own comments about why these changes are important through our website.
The deadline to submit comments to the Department of Health is Monday, February 2, 2015. Take action now!
Since 1998, trans and gender nonconforming people have found creative ways to survive, despite New York’s regulation that barred us from safely accessing medically necessary care. Help us make 2015 the year this changes.