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Biden administration greenlights LGBTQ+ Coloradans’ healthcare

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(Jake Crandall/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP) STATEWIDE– The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has formally approved gender-affirming care in individual and small group health insurance markets as part of Colorado’s Essential Health Benefit benchmark.

This step is in alignment with the Biden administration’s work to remove health care barriers for transgender persons. This plan will enhance access to coverage for gender-affirming care that meets individual needs, rather than the past model that was a “one-size-fits-all” framework.

Changes to the plan will allow access to a wider range of services for transgender individuals in addition to benefits already covered such as eye and lid modifications, face tightening, facial bone remodeling for facial feminization, breast/chest construction and reductions and laser hair removal.

Colorado is also adding EHBs in the benchmark plan to include mental wellness exams and expanded coverage for 14 prescription drug classes. All changes will take effect on January 1, 2023.

“Health care should be in reach for everyone; by guaranteeing transgender individuals can access recommended care, we’re one step closer to making this a reality,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “I am proud to stand with Colorado to remove barriers that have historically made it difficult for transgender people to access […]

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