Policy Advocacy

Project HEALTH has advocated for local and state level policies that improve transgender health care access.

We have worked to ensure that health care reform is meaningful for transgender people, reduce barriers in public and private health insurance, and educate policymakers on the health needs of transgender communities in California.

We plan to continue to seek out opportunities to get our communities involved in improving transgender health care access statewide from budget advocacy to policy advocacy to overcome insurance discrimination.

Examples of Our Success

Humboldt – as a result of Project HEALTH work:

  • Open Door Community Health Center launched a transgender specialty clinic now open twice a month
  • Humboldt County (a major employer and provider of health insurance) adopted  employment nondiscrimination policies for transgender people

San Francisco – through Project HEALTH advocacy:

  • Removed all transgender exclusions from San Francisco’s health coverage plan for uninsured residents starting in July 2012
  • Participated in the San Francisco Health Care Services Master Plan Task Force

State Policy — Project HEALTH’s work includes:

  • Advocated for regulations guiding the implementation of the Insurance Gender
    Nondiscrimination Act of 2006 by the CA Department of Insurance and the Department of Managed Health Care
  • Ensuring that the implementation of federal health care reform in California increases  access for low-income and uninsured transgender  people
  • Educating the CA Health Benefit Exchange on the health care needs of transgender people

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