In Support of the Removal of Exclusions for All Medically Necessary Transition Related Treatments for Transgender Californians

Resolution Number 10-11.05

WHEREAS, the American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, and World Professional Association for Transgender Health agree that transition related care for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, including treatments intended to bring a transgender person’s physical body into congruence with their gender identity (including mental health, hormone therapy, and a range of sexual reassignment surgeries), are medically necessary when part of an individual treatment plan developed between a patient and physician; and

WHEREAS, despite this recognition, public and private health insurance plans continue to categorically exclude such coverage, effectively denying transgender Californians their right to access medically necessary treatments despite experiences by the City and County of San Francisco and the UC system that the cost of removing the exclusion was significantly less than anticipated;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports the removal of exclusions for all medically necessary transition related treatments for transgender Californians, especially as access to health insurance is increased via federal health care reform; and  

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party request that the CalPERS system set an example to public and private insurance plans operating in California by eliminating all exclusions of coverage related to gender transition when prescribed by a physician for its members and their dependents. 

Submitted by Anna Molander, Democratic Party of Sacramento County; Author: Karen Bernal

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Radisson Hotel, Sacramento\xe2\x80\xa8
November 21, 2010


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