The San Francisco Health Commission voted unanimously to implement a resolution put forth by the city’s Board of Supervisors that will remove transgender exclusions from the Healthy San Francisco (Healthy SF) health access program. Healthy SF currently excludes transgender people from accessing medically necessary transition-related care. Removing these biased exclusions is in line with recommendations from the American Medical Association (AMA), and follows the broader trend in government, educational institutions, and corporate America toward meeting the health coverage needs of transgender people.
The San Francisco HEALTH Council, a group of advocates convened by the Transgender Law Center (TLC) and Lyon Martin Health Services, has been working since 2010 to remove transgender exclusions from Healthy SF.
"This decision will help get critically needed medical care to countless transgender Americans," said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. "More and more medical authorities finally agree: nobody should be denied healthcare simply because of who they are."