San Francisco Approves Trans Health Benefits

The San Francisco transgender community enjoyed an important victory this week that got a bit lost under election news. The city’s Health Commission voted unanimously to remove transgender exclusions from the Healthy San Francisco health access program. This means that patients will have now access to medically necessary transition-related care, such as hormone therapy, without having to pay out-of-pocket. A study by the Transgender Law Center found that 42 percent of trans Californians have delayed seeking health care because they could not afford it, and 26 percent have had health conditions worsen because they postponed care.