About the organization:
Founded in 1968, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) is a multidisciplinary organization committed to improving the physical and psychosocial health and well-being of all adolescents through advocacy, clinical care, health promotion, health service delivery, professional development and research.
AAP SAHM Comments on Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities
SAHM opposed the repeal of transgender-specific protections under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act noting: "The proposal would also eliminate the provision that prohibits a health plan from categorically or automatically excluding or limiting coverage for health services related to gender transition. The rollback of these protections could have a devastating impact on access to medically necessary services for youth who identify as TGD [transgender and gender diverse] and adversely affect self-esteem and contribute to the perception that they are undervalued by society and the health care system. Furthermore, insurance denials can reinforce a socioeconomic divide between those who can finance the high costs of uncovered care and those who cannot."