In a move that has a number of trans employees and allies concerned, the University of Arkansas has dropped transgender health coverage. Like, talk about a step backwards for transgender health coverage and trans rights in general. We’re so baffled right now.
Getting healthcare when you’re trans is hard enough as it is, as, unfortunately, the medical world isn’t always as up-to-date on how to do things like use the right pronouns and be gender affirming as it could (and should!) be.
This harmful change to transgender health coverage is just a reminder of how far we have to go when it comes to equal rights for all.
Beginning this year, the university was supposed to start covering important trans healthcare in the form of treatments that support transition under the Affordable Care Act, but now, as the ACA (aka Obamacare) is up in the air, the university has decided to pause necessary transgender health coverage completely.
According to our friends at LGBTQ Nation, the university released a document explaining,
This sucks because it’s proof, once again, that the livelihoods of trans people can shift, randomly, in huge ways. Like, if you’re relying on some sort of treatment that you were expecting to be covered, you’re suddenly being hit with the idea that, nope, not anymore. This isn’t optional, it’s necessary.
We just hope to see enough pushback to reverse this.