Choices are Awesome – Trans Health Care

I collaborated with Sheila Ramgopal at Allegheny Reproductive Health Center to create a guide to health coverage, providers and resources related to trans health care for low-income people. Thank you Zoë Mizuho for all of your help as well!

What seems important about trans health care is the gap that often exists between the law – which at this point says basically that services related to gender transition must be covered, and that medically necessary health care must be provided regardless of sex reported on intake form/medical records (eg pap smear provided for F to M person who marks M on intake form – and what actually occurs in practice. Health plans still try to exclude transition-related health care, providers still experience confusion and may refuse to process insurance forms. Options might be contacting a consumer health advocacy organization – see that section here on the website – to get legal help or representation contesting practices, or making a choice about what sex on an intake form might get you more of the care that you need without questions (totally a personal decision!.)

Note: these are guides with information that can change. We’ll keep them updated as best we can.

This information is difficult to get. Too difficult. Hopefully these spreadsheets will support you and/or your loved ones in making the choices that are best for you and for them. Choices are awesome.

CLICK HERE FOR THE CHOICES ARE AWESOME – TRANS CARE SPREADSHEET.

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SOURCE PITTSBURGH COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE
at BYS Yoga – South Side
1113 Carson St., 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA  15203
https://sourcepgh.com/
412-440-8662
sourcepittsburgh@gmail.com

Sliding scale acupuncture sessions for $15-$45. Thursdays from 2-4:30pm – Call, email or use website to schedule an appointment.

 

CLOUD GATE
107 Maple Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Tel.: 412-327-5719
cloudgatepgh@gmail.com
http://www.cloudgatepgh.com/

Shiatsu
QiGong
Life Counseling
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Sliding scale available.

Practice is not wheelchair-accessible, but home visits are possible.

PITTSBURGH SCHOOL OF MASSAGE THERAPY
3600 Laketon Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA  15235
800-860-1114
http://www.massageschoolpittsburgh.com

Student Massage Clinic

The Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy offers student massage clinics to the public at our location on Laketon Road. All massages are provided by advanced students of our school.

We are currently accepting clients for our intern student clinic. Please call the school for your appointment. Only $30.00 per hour appointment. For appointments and additional information, please call 800-860-1114.

 MING YIP CHINESE MEDICINE
412-281-4818
2528 Penn Ave (in the Strip District, between 25th & 26th)
http://www.mingyip.net

Initial consultation for herbal treatment is $12.00.

Rear entrance is wheelchair-accessible. Bathroom does not have handrails.