Transgender Missourians have many new rights and protections under the Affordable Care Act, including:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently proposed additional protections for the transgender community. Although these rules have not been finalized yet, transgender people can and should be aware of these proposed protections and check back here for progress. The proposed rules include:
LGBT Health Access Team
The work of the LGBT Health Access team utilizes both PROMO Fund and SAGE of PROMO Fund as collaborative partners in tackling health disparities and issues faced by LGB, transgender, and gender non-conforming Missourians. To date, the collaboration has helped to enact 125+ LGBT welcoming policies in over 53 Missouri Hospitals. Also, over 3,000 health and social service providers in Missouri have been trained in LGBT cultural competency. To find out more about the 8 different trainings that SAGE of PROMO Fund offers, including trainings for the workplace, creating welcoming spaces, and LGBT and Aging, please click here.
Missouri ranks 6th in the Nation, and 1st in the Midwest for Hospitals that identify as "Leaders in LGBT Health" according to the Human Rights Campaign's Healthcare Equality Index. This is a significant increase from 2014, when Missouri was ranked 37th in country.
If you face discrimination, you have rights. We encourage you to file a complaint or share your story with us.
Transgender people face a higher rate of uninsurance, HIV infection, and suicidality, among other health needs. Discriminatory exclusions and practices by health workers also limit access to medically necessary care for transgender people.