Should Medicaid cover transgender healthcare? GLAAD and SRLP share answer on Upworthy

Upworthy, the viral content media company, shared GLAAD and SRLP's flowchart explaining why Medicaid programs should provide coverage for transgender-related healthcare. The flowchart was created as part of an ongoing campaign around trans-inclusive healthcare coverage. In their post, Upworthy also included even more specific statistics supporting the information in the flowchart:

  • 15 percent of transgender people are living in poverty — compared to 4 percent of the general population. Plus, 19 percent of people who are trans don't have health care coverage. Medicaid is health coverage for low-income people, so the trans population could really benefit from it.
  • Gender dysphoria, which the graphic describes, is really hard for trans people. Some of them take hormones to help fight it. But hormone use without supervision can lead to liver problems, blood clots, strokes, and other risks. If trans people could have access to a provider who could supervise their hormone use, they could avoid those risks.
  • Yep, we can provide health care to transgender people without raising costs.

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