Free shipping over $99 | Interest Free *no credit check* financing is available!

Bill Banning Discrimination Against Transgender Patients Heads to Hawaii Governor’s Desk

by Xavier Persad April 28, 2016


On Tuesday, the Hawaii Legislature passed a vital bill to protect transgender citizens from discrimination in healthcare coverage. House Bill 2084 prohibits health insurers from denying, excluding or limiting healthcare coverage on the basis of gender identity. The bill now heads to Governor David Ige for approval. If signed into law, it would take effect on January 1, 2017.

The unfortunate reality is that many healthcare plans contain explicitly discriminatory “transgender exclusions” that prohibit coverage for medical care related to gender transition, otherwise known as transition-related health care. Even when healthcare plans do not explicitly contain “transgender exclusions,” coverage of transition-related care is still often denied and falsely perceived by the insurer to be not medically necessary. Transgender people are even denied coverage for many of the procedures routinely provided to people who are not transgender.

These discriminatory exclusions persist despite the fact that the nation’s top professional health associations — including the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association — have unequivocally affirmed that transition-related healthcare is medically necessary for the health and well-being of many transgender people.

Prohibiting these discriminatory practices is a matter of basic fairness and equality. Like everyone else, transgender people deserve equal access to essential medically necessary care. Their health and well-being depend on it.

HRC engaged its members across the state and submitted testimony in support of House Bill 2084.

More information on transgender-inclusive health benefits can be found here.





Xavier Persad
Xavier Persad

Author


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Think

WATCH: Trailer For James Franco’s “King Cobra” Finally Here, And This Is One Wild Ride

by Dan Tracer September 26, 2016

Since the project was announced nearly a year ago, there’s been a lot of talk about King Cobra, the murderous tale of lust, greed and crime set against a wholesome gay adult film backdrop. And though we’ve seen images and a clip and even heard from the real life Brent Corrigan about how he’s portrayed, we’ve oddly [...]

Continue Reading →

WATCH: Virginia Governor Wants Your Gay Dollars In His Pro-Gay State

by Jeff Taylor September 26, 2016

Gov. Terry McAuliffe would like you to come spend your gay dollars in Virginia, casting it as LGBTQ-friendly, something not all Southeastern states can say with a straight face. While their neighbor to the south, North Carolina, hemorrhages money since the passing of the anti-LGBTQ law HB2, Virginia stands ready to scoop up the revenue fleeing the [...]

Continue Reading →

Man Seriously Regrets Coming Out After Family Is Aggressively Supportive

by Derek de Koff September 26, 2016

When he came out to his progressive family at the family barbecue, he didn’t want no trouble. Just a pat on the back and the relief of knowing he could “move on with their support.” But no such luck. That close, ever-smiling, ever-prying family support didn’t stop after the obligatory “We’re so proud” and “It’s [...]

Continue Reading →