Praise Government-Funded Transgender Health Services

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Target: United States President Barack Obama

Goal: Commend the federal government for mandating transgender federal employees receive transition-related health care coverage.

Recently, the United States government announced that federal employee health insurers must offer transition-related coverage for transgender federal employees in their health care plans. The Office of Personnel Management issued a new “carrier letter” stating that “Effective January 1, 2015 no carrier participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program may have a general exclusion of services, drugs or supplies related to gender transition or ‘sex transformations.’ ”

This is a huge victory for transgender federal employees who no longer have to worry about their health insurance covering the enormous financial cost it takes to fully transition. Advocates have been pressing the Obama Administration for change in health care plans for years, and now they finally have a reason to celebrate. This welcomed change sends the message that not only are transgender employees deserving of the health care that they need, they are valued employees of the federal government.

This landmark decision could set a precedent for a future in which all employees, not just those of the federal government, can receive the coverage they deserve. Sign this petition to thank the Obama Administration for this historic decision that will set an example for employers in the future.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Obama,

I am writing this letter to you to thank you and your administration for making the decision to update transgender federal employees’ health care plans to include coverage of transition-related costs. Your decision shows that transgender people deserve health care that fits their lives just like cisgender people and above all, that transgender employees are valued and cared for in the federal government.

I believe that this decision will make transgender employees happy, healthier, and better workers for the federal government. I hope that it can set an example for health care insurers and employers of transgender people so that one day all transgender employees will not have to worry if their health care plan covers their transition costs.

With this historic decision, you have changed so many lives for the better. Thank you for all that you have done to improve the lives of transgender people of the United States. Thank you for showing that the happiness of transgender people employed by the federal government is important to you.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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