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Offline Jane.Shannon

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VA adding GCS
« on: June 20, 2021, 06:48:14 pm »
I just saw, on CNN, that President Biden has given the go ahead for the VA to start offering gender confirmation surgery!  This is huge news for us!  I think it will be about a year or so until they have ironed out how it will work, but I am excited to see this even starting.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/19/politics/veterans-affairs-gender-confirmation-surgery/index.html

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Re: VA adding GCS
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2021, 09:57:55 am »
I just saw, on CNN, that President Biden has given the go ahead for the VA to start offering gender confirmation surgery!  This is huge news for us!  I think it will be about a year or so until they have ironed out how it will work, but I am excited to see this even starting.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/19/politics/veterans-affairs-gender-confirmation-surgery/index.html

Jane

Hi Jane,

Thank you for posting this!  It's amazing how fast this administration is restoring support for our community.


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Offline Jane.Shannon

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Re: VA adding GCS
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2021, 09:09:19 am »
Here is more information on VA's move to offer GCS.  This is from the June 24, 2021 VHA LGBT Update.

Which also state they will be using LGBTQ+ in the future.
All the Way,
Jane

"The LGBTQ+ Health Program is pleased to share that this summer, VA will be initiating the rulemaking process to modify the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to expand VA’s care to transgender Veterans to include gender-affirming surgery.

1.  VA currently provides all medically necessary gender-affirming care to transgender Veterans with the exception of gender-affirming surgical interventions, due to an exclusion in the VA medical benefits package.

2.  Gender-affirming procedures have been proven effective at mitigating serious health conditions, including suicidality, substance abuse, and dysphoria.

3.  Removing this exclusion would allow VA to provide transgender and gender diverse Veterans with coordinated, medically necessary, transition-related surgical procedures. In addition, revising the medical benefits package would enable a safe, coordinated continuum of care that is Veteran-centric and consistent with VA’s values of equity and respect for all Veterans.

4.  The entire rulemaking process can take approximately two years and includes a period of public comment. This will allow VA to develop the framework to provide the full continuum of care in a way that is consistent with VA’s rigorous standards for quality health care.

5.  During the rulemaking process, VA will continue to provide or pay for the services it currently offers, including corrective procedures after gender affirming surgeries a Veteran obtains outside VA, hormone therapy, and other gender affirming care."
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