ALBANY — The Cuomo administration Wednesday told insurance companies they can't distinguish or repudiate coverage to people formed on gender temperament in New York State.
The state Department of Financial Services says it has perceived complaints from transgender people who contend they were denied coverage in certain circumstance.
Lisette Johnson, who heads up the Department of Financial Service’s health bureau, sent a minute to insurers providing superintendence on how to hoop coverage for health services supposing to transgender individuals.
“Transgender persons should not be discriminated against since of their transgender standing nor denied coverage for diagnosis since of coding issues,” Johnson wrote.
Problems cited in the minute are a womanlike who identifies as a male being denied a explain for cervical cytology screening since the insurer has the person down as a male. Or conversely, a male identifying as a womanlike being denied a explain for prostate cancer screening since the insurance company has listed a female.
Insurers receiving a explain from someone who is transgender “should take reasonable steps, including requesting additional information, to establish either the insured is authorised for the services before to denying the claim,” the state minute says.
In announcing the rule, Gov. Cuomo pronounced that “in New York, we trust that health caring is a right, and we are committed to safeguarding that right for all New Yorkers, regardless of income, age, race, sexuality or gender identity.”
A mouthpiece for the New York Health Plan Association couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.
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