Gender (Re)assignment: Legal, Ethical, and Conceptual Issues

12:00 p.m.
Pound Hall 102

Recent developments have seen an expansion in access to health insurance coverage for transition-related care: in December 2014 New York barred insurers from excluding such treatment and in May 2014 Medicare overturned its own decades-old exclusion. Such reforms do not guarantee coverage; rather, they make it contingent on a transgender person’s ability to demonstrate that certain treatments or services are “medically necessary,” a question that raises its own legal, ethical, and conceptual issues. Join us for a conversation about these issues and the future of coverage for transition-related care.

Panelists include: Noa Ben-Asher, Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Elizabeth F. Emens, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School; Gerald L. Neuman, J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law, Harvard Law School; Matthew J.B. Lawrence, Academic Fellow, Petrie-Flom Center; with moderator I. Glenn Cohen, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, and Faculty Director, Petrie-Flom Center.

This event is being organized by the Petrie-Flom Center and co-sponsored by HRP and Lambda at Harvard Law School. Lunch will be served.