2014 Summit


All presentations are free and open to the public,
with refreshments provided.

Thursday November 13: 3 – 5 pm
Washington University in St. Louis Danforth Campus, Bauer Hall 210N

Eliminating Transgender Exclusions: What You Need to Know and Tools for Effective Advocacy

For advocates of healthcare equity and transgender individuals

 This presentation is designed for transgender individuals and advocates interested in health care equity and transgender equality. This presentation will discuss an overview of health insurance, implications of the Affordable Care Act and recent federal court rulings, and strategies for advocating for inclusive health insurance in both private-sector and public-sector employment and university and college health student health insurance plans. Topics that will be covered include Medicare, Medicaid, challenges and pitfalls of advocacy, model policies, networking, and recent examples of positive developments in benefits equity.

Out of respect for the privacy of attendees, this session has an explicit “no photography” policy that will be enforced at all times.  This includes video, photo, and audio recording.

Thursday November 13: 7-9 pm
Washington University School of Medicine, Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, Holden Auditorium

Transgender Insurance: Coding, Guidelines, and Getting Coverage for Your Client

For current and future healthcare providers and professionals

This presentation is designed for new as well as experienced: medical providers (MD, DO, NP, Midwife, PA-C, APN, RN, ND, PharmD, DC), students of medical professions, behavioral health/mental health professionals, and students of behavioral health/mental health professions interested in the care of adult and pediatric transgender patients. This care may include screening, hormone therapy, surgical care, and mental health concerns.

This presentation will provide individuals working with or interested in working with transgender populations with a framework for assisting their clients in advocating for coverage for their medically necessary gender transition treatment and medical care in general (ie ob/gyn and prostate screenings, etc).  Topics that will be covered include private health insurance, discrimination protections in the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, insurance exclusions, advocacy for clients under a medical necessity standard in states with insurance bulletins that prohibit exclusions in private health insurance plans, advocacy for clients with transgender health care exclusions in their health insurance plans, and possible avenues for challenging coverage denials.

Friday November 14th, 2014: 8 – 11 am
Washington University in St. Louis Danforth Campus, Bauer Hall 240

Benefits Equity for Transgender Employees in the Saint Louis Area



For area university, business, non-profit leaders, HR professionals, government representatives, and union leaders

This presentation is designed for leaders and administrators of small and large businesses and universities and colleges; human resource professionals; local government representatives; union leaders; and interested employees.

This presentation will discuss coverage and transgender inclusive health care plan options for employers and municipal governments, the importance of benefits equity, and the legal and financial risks of not providing transgender inclusive health insurance plans.

Topics that will be covered include HIPAA; nondiscrimination protections in the Affordable Care Act, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) rulings, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; how to effectively negotiate, evaluate and obtain transgender inclusive health insurance plan packages for employees and/or union members; developments in both public- and private-sector employment; and projected trends for employment and benefits equity.