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New York State has proposed a new regulation that would remove a long-standing exclusion on coverage for transgender-related healthcare under Medicaid.
Upworthy, the viral content media company, shared GLAAD and SRLP's flowchart explaining why Medicaid programs should provide coverage for transgender-related healthcare.
This week, Democracy Now! spoke with Pooja Gehi, a staff attorney at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), and Angie Milan-Cruz, one of the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit challenging the New York Department of Health's exclusion of transgender healthcare coverage from Medicaid.
Today, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the Legal Aid Society, and Willkie, Farr & Gallagher LLP filed a federal class action lawsuit against the New York State Department of Health on behalf of two transgender women who have been denied access to medically necessary healthcare under a discriminatory Medicaid regulation.
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services repealed a moratorium, issued in 1981, that prevented Medicare from even considering covering transgender healthcare.
The New York Times lauds Maryland's transgender non-discrimination act while New York "fails on this issue of fairness"
The New York Times editorial board commended Maryland's recent passage of a non-discrimination bill protecting transgender people, and called for Gov. Cuomo's administration to push for a similar law.
At ESPA's LGBT Health Month launch, Cuomo administration silent on ending New York's healthcare discrimination
New York Health Commissioner Nirav Shah recently called the state a "leader in promoting transgender issues," yet states like California, as well as the District of Columbia, have surpassed New York in providing trans and gender non-conforming people with access to necessary healthcare.
Washington, D.C. joins states like California and Minnesota in requiring Medicaid to cover trans-inclusive healthcare, but other states like New York continue to enforce discriminatory exclusions.