We're always excited to report on positive policy changes, and this one definitely qualifies for transgender resources!
Advocates have identified that it can be incredibly difficult for transgender HRA clients to to change their genders in HRA systems based on some of the gender change requirements that were in place.
This policy change is meant to make it much easier for transgender clients to change their genders in the system. All that individual would have to do is bring in one of the following items to change their gender in the system. HRA Policy Change
Under the new policy, clients can now change their gender at HRA with one of the following:
- doctor’s letter with specific requirements
- letter from Social Security confirming the client’s gender
- New York State non-driver ID or driver license with the corrected gender
- passport or birth certificate showing the corrected gender
It is important to note that this new policy change means that gender-related surgery is NOT a requirement to change genders in the system!
Additionally, clients will be given a Restriction/Exception Code to prevent certain billing problems encountered by many transgender people.
Since insurance plans such as Medicaid code some treatments by gender, these Restriction/Exception Codes will allow a transgender individual who is considered male in the system to be covered for a necessary OB-GYN appointment, for example.
HRA clients who would like to change their gender in WMS and get the new Restriction/Exception code can bring the appropriate documents to their center. Clients who get Medicaid through the New York State of Health must request the code and gender change through NYSoH.
What Apicha Community Health Center Can Do for You:
Apicha Community Health Center’s Transgender Health Clinic does everything it can to overcome these barriers.
We are committed to providing whole person Primary Medical Care to address the distinct needs of transgender and gender non-conforming, gender variant and genderqueer individuals.
Our Transgender Health services include:
- Personalized Primary Care
- Routine Check-Up and Immunizations
- Initiation and Maintenance of Hormone Therapy
- Short-Term Mental Health Services
- Care Management
- Transgender Groups
If you're interested in getting complete, competent medical care, click here to request an appointment at Apicha Community Health Center today.