Under Obamacare, Transgender Cancer Patient Will No Longer Be Denied Care
Now that the Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that Obamacare prohibits federally funded health care programs from discriminating against transgender people, Jay Kallio should finally be able to receive the cancer treatment he deserves.
Kallio, who transitioned from female to male at the age of 50 without undergoing gender reassignment surgery, repeatedly suffered a lower quality of care from medical professionals during a battle with breast cancer because his doctors treated his gender identity as a road block:
When a suspicious lump was found in his breast and tested positive for cancer, the surgeon was so shocked that Kallios body didnt match his gender identification not knowing whether to address him as he or she that he couldnt bring himself to... [via Wonk Room]
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