Monday Numbers: A closer look at transgender discrimination laws and where NC fits in

Monday Numbers: A closer look at transgender discrimination laws and where NC fits in

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Image: Movement Advancement Project

As LGBTQ state employees and dependents struggle to restore State Health Plan coverage for transgender people, they are hardly alone. The Movement Advancement Project uses publicly available Census data, comprehensive studies, the latest surveys and original reporting to map policies impacting LGBTQ people all over the country.

A look at the group’s healthcare laws and policies map (see below) reveals just how many transgender people face discriminatory laws and policies across the country. As the State Health Plan Board of Trustees continues to debate the issue, we take a look this week at some revealing numbers.

12 – The number of states (including North Carolina) that currently have explicit exclusions of transgender and transition-related health care in their state employee health benefits

17 – The number of states that provide for transgender and transition-related healthcare in their state employee health benefits. Washington D.C. also provides this care in its employee health benefits

21 – The number of states that do not include transgender and transition-related healthcare in their state employee health benefits but do not have explicit exclusions

20 – The number of states that prohibit exclusions in health insurance service coverage in private insurance plans — Washington D.C. also prohibits exclusion in private insurance plans

12 – The number of states with a law prohibiting private health insurance discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity — Washington D.C. also has such a law

2 – The number of states with a law prohibiting health insurance discrimination in private insurance based only on gender identity

36 – The number of states with no law prohibiting providing LGBT inclusive insurance protections in private insurance

18 – The number of states with state Medicaid policies explicitly covering health care related to gender transition for transgender people — Washington D.C. also has explicit coverage

22 – The number of states (including North Carolina) in which state Medicaid has no explicit policy regarding transgender health coverage and care

10  – The number of states in which state Medicaid policy explicitly excludes transgender health coverage and care

38 – The estimated percentage of the LGBTQ population that lives in states that provide transgender state employees access to transgender and transition-related healthcare through their employment health benefits

40 – The estimated percentage  of LGBTQ population that lives in states that do not include transgender and transition-related healthcare in their state employee health benefits

21 – The estimated percentage of the LGBTQ population that lives in states that – like North Carolina – explicitly exclude transition-related healthcare in their state employee health benefits

3.5 – The estimated percentage of the North Carolina adult population who identify as LGBTQ (approximately 275,000 people)

18.5 – The estimated percentage of the LGBTQ population in North Carolina who are raising children (approximately 51,000 people)