From TransActive at www.transactiveonline.org Health Outcomes Subcommittee.
i people who are visually gender nonconforming1 are at heightened risk of negative psychological outcomes. Statistically, they are also disproportionately victimized by transphobic discrimination and violence2. A primary contributing factor in this visual nonconformity, (assuming it is not an intentional form of self-expression) are natal pubertal changes that do not reflect the person’s innate3 gender identity or social gender presentation.
For an ever-increasing number of transgender adolescents, these negative outcomes are avoidable, however many private insurers exclude coverage for such care and the out-of-pocket costs for this medically approved treatment are prohibitive for most families.
We believe this testimony will demonstrate the medical efficacy and urgent need for adding puberty blocking and cross-sex hormone treatment and medications for properly evaluated transgender adolescents to the list of covered therapies.