This post theme will intermittently appear on this space over the next year or so.
I've begun gathering information, with an eye towards putting together the position of insurers, health providers, the status in other countries, and where coverage within the US may have been gained. I'll look at information on cost and anticipated cost to the insurance marketplace, and the effect on premiums. We will delve into the AMA, Harry Benjamin standards, and who knows what else.
When it is all said and done, this information will be presented to my union in hopes of including the coverage in our next contract. I will also put forth pertinent information on this blog, so that others might make use of the information.
At this point, if anyone reading this is aware of information that might be helpful, please post a link, email me, whatever. This is a long term project, and I'd really like to get it right.
I do know San Francisco's cost in the first year of coverage fell below their projections, and by a substantial amount. This is a good thing.
It's time for this nation to stop looking at srs as cosmetic surgery, and as lifesaving surgery.
Your help will be more than appreciated!