Insurers Ask HHS for Additional Guidance on Rule Prohibiting Transgender Discrimination
Health insurance companies are asking HHS for additional guidance to help them implement a proposed federal rule that aims to prohibit health care discrimination against transgender individuals. Many current enrollment and claims systems record an individual's sex as male or female but do not allow for more specific information about an individual's gender identity, which could lead to confusion. Kris Haltmeyer, vice president of health policy and analysis for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, said health plans hope HHS' Office for Civil Rights will grant good faith compliance protection while insurers adjust to the change.
- "Payers Say HHS Rules Protecting Transgender People Will Not Speed Coverage" (Dickson, Modern Healthcare, 11/23).