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Health Care Access, Legal Issues

Access to health care is a critical issue for many trans people. Yet, barriers abound, and discrimination continues to be a major problem. This entry details examples of legal issues related to trans health care access over time, including access to transition-related and general health care and discrimination based on trans identity. In the sections that follow, legal issues for various health care programs and policies are discussed, including the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare, and health care for incarcerated people. In addition, the entry provides information about related documentation barriers as well as intersectional considerations with health care access.

History of Trans Health Care Access and Legal Issues

Trans people’s access to health care across history has been rife with stigma and barriers, including the pathologization ...

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