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Feature - Transgender

In March, Delaware Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart notified insurance companies doing business in that state they could not limit coverage for people who are transgender. Her action brought to 15 the number of states (plus the District of Columbia) banning insurance discrimination of people who are transgender.1 Although the action was overshadowed in the popular press by stories of state legislatures moving to prevent individuals who are transgender from using public restrooms of their self-identified sex, alert health care providers in the state immediately understood the action's importance.

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  1. Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center on Health Insurance Reforms. http://chirblog.org/15-states-and-now-dc-prohibit-transgender-insurance-exclusions/. Accessed April 29, 2016.
  2. When Health Care Isn't Caring. Lambda Legal. http://www.lambdalegal.org/publications/when-health-care-isnt-caring. Accessed April 29, 2016.
  3. Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey. http://www.thetaskforce.org/static_html/downloads/reports/reports/ntds_full.pdf. Accessed April 29, 2016.
  4. Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist. American Physical Therapy Association. http://www.apta.org/uploadedFiles/APTAorg/About_Us/Policies/Ethics/CodeofEthics.pdf. Accessed April 29, 2016.

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