FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Progress Made in the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act for Trans Marylanders
MARYLAND STATE ADMINISTRATORS AGREE TO EXAMINE TRANS COMMUNITY NEEDS AND INSURE DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS
Laurel, MD – July 18, 2013 – Gender Rights Maryland (GRMD), the state’s only civil rights organization exclusively representing trans persons is very pleased to report significant progress has been made in assuring fair and equal implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for transgender Marylanders this coming October. Maryland is not only on schedule to implement the ACA, but because of early acceptance of the Act and foresight in planning for its introduction, will be a leader in the rollout this fall.
As part of the Maryland Health Benefits Exchange (MHBE), the ACA requires that the MHBE be administered in such a manner as to prevent discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation, and, just as importantly, assess progress in providing access to care and compile data reflecting any disparities encountered, on an annual basis.
Recognizing that discrimination is wrong as well as illegal, the Governor’s Office of Healthcare Reform, the Health Benefits Exchange, and the Maryland Insurance Commissioner are now reviewing the plans to ensure full and equal access to care, with the goal to bring Maryland into line with states such as California, Oregon, Vermont and the District of Columbia, which have taken the lead over the past year.
Gender Rights Maryland wants to thank Delegate Heather Mizeur for spearheading this effort, and all the other members of the Maryland gay and lesbian caucus for supporting our request with prompt and unified action. We also want to thank Governor Martin O’Malley, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, DHMH Secretary Joshua Sharfstein, GOHCR Executive Director Carolyn Quattrocki, and Maryland Insurance Administration Commissioner Therese Goldsmith and their staffs for their steadfast assistance and action on behalf of the Maryland transgender community.
Dana Beyer, M.D. Sharon Brackett
Executive Director Board Chair
Gender Rights Maryland, http://www.GenderRightsMaryland.org
The purpose of Gender Rights Maryland is to promote civil rights, education, tolerance, equality and acceptance on the basis of sex and gender identity/expression in the State of Maryland. Gender Rights Maryland’s legislative goal for 2013-2014 is to see the passage of statewide legislation consistent with Federal gender identity policy and law in Maryland before the end of the 2014 legislative session.