An Open Letter from Mara Keisling, NCTE’s Executive Director, On Transgender Health Care

transgender health coverage Alot has happened on the healthcare front for the transgender community in recent times.  For those who’s gender journey includes surgery, Massachusetts now has laws in place requiring insurance companies to include transgender coverage (see more at the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition medical FAQ).

For general health coverage, financial assistance is available for those in the LGBT community who need it so that they can get healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  Please see this open letter from Mara Keisling, the National Center for Transgender Education, Executive Director, for more information:

Yesterday was the start of open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Since the Affordable Care Act launched, over 7 million people have gotten covered in the Marketplace. But accessing affordable health care remains a major issue for LGBT people-1 in 3 are uninsured and much more likely than the non-LGBT population to be in the lowest income bracket.

Financial assistance is available to those who cannot afford insurance. In fact, an estimated 900,000 LGBT people may be eligible for financial assistance under Obamacare.

To see what type of financial assistance you may qualify for, visit today.

Even if you enrolled last year, we encourage you to revisit the Marketplace to explore new options. You may still be eligible for a cheaper plan during this enrollment period.

Despite the skepticism some people may have about Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act has opened doors for new coverage options, banned discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, and has led countless numbers of LGBT families toward financial security.

Learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace at


Mara Keisling
Executive Director
National Center for Transgender Equality

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