Many transgender people seek medical treatments such as breast augmentation to align their bodies with their gender identities. Doctors say these procedures can help alleviate emotional distress linked to suicidal thoughts, but some patients can’t access them in the US because of the cost.
About 14% of transgender people are uninsured. But even those who have insurance are often stuck with enormous bills because some public and private insurance providers have exemptions in their policies for certain transgender-related procedures. Insurance providers also categorize many surgeries like facial feminization as cosmetic and won’t pay for them.
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