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Panel Addresses Ongoing Transgender Health Disparities

Photo from left to right: Rachel Cogan (Yale Law School), Andee Scallion (Stonewall Speakers Bureau), Katie Kraschel (Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, Yale Law School), Sean Cahill (Director of Health Policy Research, The Fenway Institute), Pooja Gehi (National Lawyers Guild), and Dr. A.C. Demidont (Anchor Health Initiative Corp.) 

On March 23, The Fenway Institute’s Dr. Sean Cahill, Director of Health Policy Research, participated in an important panel on transgender health policy at Yale Law School. Co-sponsored by Yale Medical School, the panel was titled Challenges in Trans Health: Legal Framings, Advocacy, and Barriers to Care.

As the panel introduction noted, “transgender Americans have long experienced great disparities in health care, with higher rates of suicide attempts, lower rates of insurance coverage, and high rates of delaying care for fear of discrimination. The Trump administration has made many headlines for its attacks on transgender health care, pressuring the CDC to remove the word “transgender” from its budget proposals and eliminating questions about LGBTQ individuals from national surveys.” Cahill presented on public policy, discrimination, and transgender health issues in the wake of these Trump administration decisions.

“Religious refusal policies being enacted by the Trump Administration pose a grave threat to the ability of transgender people to access healthcare,” said Cahill. “This panel also addressed insurance barriers and challenges transgender patients face in accessing care, even in a progressive and relatively well-resourced state like Connecticut.”

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