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Endocrine Society: Insurers must cover transgender therapies

Endocrine Society: Insurers must cover transgender therapies
September 15, 2017

The Endocrine Society released a new clinical practice guideline this week outlining recommended care for transgender individuals, along with a position statement calling on federal and private insurers to cover such interventions as prescribed by a physician.

The guideline, published online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, makes several new recommendations not advocated in past guidelines, including a suggestion that clinicians begin hormone suppression for transgender adolescents who meet diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria once they exhibit the first physical changes of puberty. The guideline does not recommend gender-affirming hormone treatment for pre-pubertal children.

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