When LGBT Missourians visit their healthcare provider they often times do not know or understand their rights as patients. It’s important that LGBT Missourians take the time to educate themselves on their rights as patients. Knowing your rights makes it easier for you and your family to make informed decisions about health.
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In 2010, a Presidential Directive extended hospital visitations rights to LGBT patients and their families of choice. No longer is it acceptable for Missouri health care providers that receive Medicaid and Medicare funding to deny visitation rights.
LGBT Missourians should take the following steps to ensure that the people we choose are able to visit us and make medical decisions based on our behalf.
Transgender patients seeking care in Missouri face challenges at every turn. Despite the recent legal changes including the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), transgender people continue to encounter barriers to health.
For transgender people basic healthcare starts with being able to access health care facilities free from the fear of discrimination. Before seeking care, make sure your Hospital has transgender protections by reviewing their LGBT welcoming policies!
A majority of public and private insurance plans still have discriminatory exclusions for transgender-related care, but some states (see map) and health plans are recognizing that these exclusions should no longer exist. In Missouri, there are no public or private insurance plans that include transgender-related coverage.
For more information on local and national resources on transgender health, please see links below: