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Mandated Insurance Coverage for Treatment of Transgender Individuals in DC

Washington, DC health insurance providers must cover treatments for individuals with a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, according to a statement released by the Executive Office of Mayor Vincent C. Gray.

The statement goes on to say that insurance providers must refer to the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care as the recognized standard of medical care for transgender individuals.

"Today, the District takes a major step towards leveling the playing field for individuals diagnosed with gender dysphoria," Mayor Gray said in the statement. "These residents should not have to pay exorbitant out-of-pocket expenses for medically necessary treatment when those without gender dysphoria do not."

Five states already mandate insurance coverage for treatment of transgender individuals — California, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont and, as of last month, Connecticut — according to GLAAD.