TRANSGENDER HEALTH: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

The Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) provides better health security by implementing comprehensive health insurance reforms that serve to enhance the quality of care.


Additionally, California’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) assures residents that all Medi-Cal beneficiaries can access transgender services, including hormone therapy, labs, and non-cosmetic gender confirmation surgeries.


If you have problems with your insurance carrier, talk to one of our trans navigators for help with resolving the issue.

COMMON TERMINOLOGY

Gender Dysphoria: The emotional distress that results from one’s gender identity differing from the sex assigned at birth.


Gender Expression: The way a person expresses their gender through behavior, clothes, mannerisms, and other characteristics.


Gender Identity: An individual’s inner sense of being masculine, feminine, both, or neither, which develops between the ages of three and six and is part of their sense of self, or self-identity. Gender identity is not necessarily the same as the sex someone is assigned at birth. Every person has a gender identity.


Gender Incongruence: A term for being someone who is not aligned with the way society describes their sex and how they live in the world.


Gender Nonconforming: A term used to refer to people who do not follow other people’s ideas or stereotypes about how they should look or act based on the sex assigned at birth.


Transgender: A term used to describe a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity different from the sex assigned at birth. Often, the term “trans” is used in its place.

Borrego Health recognizes that language is a key component of culturally appropriate care. We use “trans” or “transgender” as an umbrella term intended to include a diverse group of genders, identities, and expressions. 

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