Trans Health Care

Planned Parenthood offers general information about gender & gender identity as well as trans & gender nonconforming identities.

Healthcare.gov provides information about transgender health care, which explains things to consider when taking health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Places to get affirming care

MyTransHealth.com allows you to search for medical, legal, mental health, and crisis intervention service providers in Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle.  There’s also an option to search for sliding scale payment services.

Trans-Health.com provides a directory of clinics in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, with experience in providing healthcare services, including primary medical care as well as support services, to transgender persons.

RAD Remedy (Referral Aggregate Database) features providers around the United States and elsewhere that are trans (and queer) affirming, including those that provide care related to transition. It allows the option to search for sliding scale providers.

Financial help

For those who need financial support for health care (and/or ID documents), the Trans Assistance Project may be able to help.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

The proper route to acquire hormone replacement therapy is to find a trans-affirming provider who can work with your health and finances to provide you with the care you need.  Taking hormones not prescribed for you by a medical provider who knows your medical history and can monitor your labs may violate the law and/or could be potentially harmful to your health. It is important to properly follow medical guidelines given by your healthcare provider when taking hormone replacement therapy.

The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health provides medical guidelines for feminizing therapy & masculinizing therapy.

Planned Parenthood clinics may prescribe hormone replacement therapy. Services may be offered on a sliding-scale basis and/or with financial assistance for covering the costs.

Acquiring medical supplies

Doctor’s visits
You may ask your health care provider to code your visit and/or hormone prescription differently, which may help in dealing with insurance companies that will not pay for gender-affirming care.

Prescriptions
Online pharmacies may be an easier & cheaper option for filling prescriptions. Nerd Wallet explains certain things to consider when looking into opting for an online pharmacy.

Some places which are said to be trans-friendly are:

The GoodRX app & website offers coupons & discounts on prescriptions, and shows the costs for different pharmacies around you. You can use this service with or without health insurance coverage. You must have a valid prescription from a doctor first. This service works with all types of prescriptions.

Needles & syringes
Laws permitting sale of needles & syringes without prescriptions are typically dealt with at the state level, and may vary by state.

Needle & syringe exchanges may be a good source of clean needles & syringes. Each will have its own rules for getting needles; your mileage may vary. The North American Syringe Exchange Network (NASEN) provides a directory of syringe exchange programs.

For Healthcare Providers

Cardea Services offers a Resource Center with educational tutorials on various topics, including several that are relevant to providing LGBT+ affirming health care. These tutorials are free-of-charge and may provide continuing medical education (CME) & continual nursing education (CNE) credits. Relevant tutorials include:

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