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Medical Necessity

8 Myths About Transgender Men's Genital Reconstructions

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mitch Kellaway

"It's not life-or-death," "It's cosmetic," "You need therapy, not surgery," and "It will burden taxpayers" are among the many toxic myths in need of exploding. So -- with the caveats that this list is not exhaustive and I am no medical expert -- it's time to bust some myths!

Myths About Gender Confirmation Surgery

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

7. "Treat the depression, not the gender dysphoria." This is similar to the idea that the best way to treat chronic back pain is with vicodin, rather than a surgery that would address the underlying problem.

Essential Benefits -- Who Decides?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, we have been reassured that the benefits that are "essential" would be comprehensive yet affordable. But what is an essential benefit and who gets to decide? Tough questions. No easy answers.

Health Insurance Claim Denied? Don't Despair. Fight Back.

Linda Bergthold | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

If you thought that insurers just threw a dart at a board to deny a claim, you would be wrong. According to a recent report, fighting back when you have a health insurance claim denied is well worth your time.

Holder's Baby Step On Medical Marijuana

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama's plan is good news for medical marijuana advocates, but although this is a historic shift in the War on Drugs, it does not go far enough because it does not resolve the illogic of the underlying legal issue.

How the Real Death Squads Work

Bryant Welch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bryant Welch

There is just one fact Americans need to know about our current health care system. Private health insurance companies make more money if they don't provide care than if they do.