DWT health care partner Bob Homchick moderated a recent panel discussion on health care coverage and access for the transgender community.

It was a timely topic, as the federal government’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is scheduled to issue final regulations that will directly affect the legal landscape governing access to and coverage of health care services for the transgender population. The American Health Lawyers Association organized the March 3 panel discussion as one of its “Convener Sessions,” which bring together stakeholders and experts from across the health care system to discuss an issue of public import.

Homchick has held many roles with AHLA, including serving as chair of the Public Interest Committee and moderator for a number of Conveners. "The goal of a Convener Session is to bring affected stakeholders together in a context that permits the free and open sharing of perspectives and ideas," Homchick said. "It was a lively and fascinating conversation."

Convener Session participants were drawn from a wide range of organizations including OCR, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Kaiser, the AMA, Lambda Legal, Johns Hopkins, and the Joint Commission (a health care accreditation organization).

A white paper from the daylong session will be issued in June.