Health Care Resources in Virginia and West Virginia

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Health Care Resources in Virginia and West Virginia

Hi Everyone,

You know that we want you to be healthy and safe.  To help you with your health care journey we are creating a list, by state, of health care organizations that serve the transgender, nonbinary, gender queer and non-conforming community.  While we are creating this site for you, we are also doing this weekly post on health care.  While it’s nice to have a list, in these posts we can also give  you a few details on what each of the organizations we post actually do.  We’ll just go through the states alphabetically, unless you send us a note and request a particular state and we’ll move requests to the top of the list.

This week we are covering Virginia and West Virginia.  Virginia has a great many resources, while West Virginia has hardly any.  B.UR.SLF is contacting some of the telemed companies that do hormone therapy for gender confirmation and transition to see whether they offer services to West Virginia.  Many resources across the country are, to their credit, creating  comfortable places for transitional medicine as well as routine proactive health maintenance and interventionary health care.  We will try to highlight what is offered in each case.

If you still can’t find the health care you need, drop us a note on FB (B.UR.SLF LLC), instagram/ twitter @burslfllc or email burslfllc@gmail.com and we will see what we can do to help.

This week we are covering resources in Virginia and West Virginia

 

Virginia

Health Brigade (Website –  Trans Health @ Health Brigrade, FB – Health Brigade, IG@healthbrigade_rva)

Trans Health services include hormone therapy, primary care, HIV & STD testing & treatment, gynecological gealth.

Payment Options:  Health Brigade provides health care to low income and uninsured people who demonstrate eligibility.

Trans Health at the Health Brigade is in Richmond.

Ages limitations are not obvious, but services appear to be oriented to adults, contact the provider for more information.

 

Carilion Clinic (Website –  Gender Care, FB – Carlion Clinic, IG@carilionclinic)

Carilion Clinic doesn’t provide any specifics on what services are offered in the Gender Care program, but does note the availability of the following: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Gynecologic Services, Breast Care, Endocrinology & Pediatric Endocrinology.  Carilion Clinic notes that transgender men may need pelvic exams and Pap smears.

Payment Options:  Carilion accepts most major insurance plans and also offers extended payment options and financial assistance.

Carilion Clinic is located in Roanoke.

Ages limitations are not obvious, but services appear to be oriented to adults, contact the provider for more information.

 

UVA Health (Websites –  Transgender Health Services and  Teen and Young Adult Transgender Clinic, FB – UVA Health, IG@uvahealth)

Transgender Health Services  offers comprehensive care including gender-affirming HRT, pubertal suppression (for adolescents), menstrual suppression, gender affirming surgery (top surgery, facial surgery, testicle removal), family medicine and other services.

Teen and Young Adult Transgender Clinic  offers comprehensive care including gender-affirming HRT, puebertal suppression, menstrual suppression ateen and young adult medicine including primary care and sexual health (testing for STIs, pregnancy, birth control)

Payment Options:  UVA Health accepts insurance from many carriers andoffers financial assistance if you qualify.

UVA Health is located in Charlottesville.

Transgender Health Service is for Adults (except for pubertal suppression) and The Teen and Young Adult Clinic is for teens and young adults.  Contact UVA Health for exact ages served by each program.

 

Children’s Hospital of Richmond @ VCU (Website –  Transgender, FB – Children’s Hospital of Richmond @ VCU, IG#childrenshospitalofrichmond, #childrenshospitalofrichmondvcu)

Experts in endrocrinology and psychiatry work with the adolescent medicine team to provide gender-affirming HRT, letters of recommendation for hormone therapy and, primary care.

Payment Options:  UVA Health accepts most major insurance as well as accepting all Medicaid and Family Access to Medical Insurance Security plans.  UVA Health is committed to make sure all children receive health care, if you are concerned with your ability to pay click the link to financial assistance.  

The main campus of Children’s Hospital of Richmond @ VCU is in Richmond.

This program is for children and adolescents.  

 

University of Virginia, Dept. of Student Health (Website –  Care for Transgender Students, FB – University of Virginia, IG@uva)

UVA, Dept. of Student Health offers to manage gender-affirming HRT and gengeral and specific health issues for transgender students and sexual health is available to all stuents.

Payment Options:  Most services for Student Health and Wellness at UVA are covered by comprehensive student fees see Student Charges and Billing.

Student Health and Wellness is located on the campus in Charlottesville.

Care for transgender students is for UVA students.  

 

Planned Parenthood of Virginia is part of (2) Planned  Parenthood organizations, Planned Parenthood of the South Atlantic organization (PPSA) and Virginia League for Planned Parenthood (VLPP) (WebsitesPPSA and VLPP., FBPPSouthAtlantic and VaLeague4PP, IG#plannedparenthoodsouthatlantic and #virginialeagueforplannedparenthood)

Planned Parenthood of the South Atlantic organization – PPSA has (2) Health Care Centers in Virgina and Telehealth.  All of the PPSA Healthcare Centers in Virginia,in Charlotte and Roanoake  offer gender-affirming HRT as well as many other services such as sexual/reproductive and women’s & men’s healthcare.  Click the site links for all resources at these health centers.

Virginia League for Planned Parenthood – VLPP has (4) Health Centers in Virginia and the (3) health centers located in Richmond (East End), Richmond (Hamilton) and Virginia Beach offer Gender Affirming Healthcare including gender-affirming HRT.   Some of the VLPP also offer Telehealth and Telehealth for LGBTQ services.  All of the VLPP Healthcare Centers in Virginia, including the center in Hampton offer sexual/reproductive and women’s & men’s healthcare and many other service, visit the location websites for additional details.  If you are not close to any of the locations that offer hormone replacement therapy, try calling the telehealth services at PPSA and VLPP, especially in Charlotte, Richmond, Hamilton and Virginia Beach.

Payment Options: Many PP Health Centers accept insurance and offer financial help, check on the websites and with the center for details.

Planned Parenthood serves teens and adults.  HRT is provided to adults 18+, but the many PP Health Centers offer service to patients 16 to 17  andyou may be able to get HRT with parental consent and  additional paperwork, check with the Health Center about HRT and  with any quesitons on age limitations for services. 

 

VA Health Care for LGBTQ Veterans in Virginia has (3) organization, Hampton VAMC, Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC and Salem VAMC (WebsitesHampton VAMCHunter Holmes McGuire VAMC and Salem VAMC)   FB – U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, IG@deptvetaffairs)

According to the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, Patient Care Services for LGBT veterans  includes the following (and other) services – gender-affirming HRT, treatment and prevention of STIs/PrEP, cancer screening, prevention and treatment.  If there are questions reach out to the LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) at the site.

VA healthcare is offered free of charge to veterans.   Veterans may have some copays.

Hampton VAMC has (1) medical center in Hampton and (4) associated clinics (1) in Noth Carolina in Albemarle and (3) in Virginia in Chesapeake, Portmouth and Virginia Beach.

Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC has (1) medical center in Richmond and (4) associated clinics in Charlotteville, Emporia and (2) in Fredericksburg.

Salem VAMC has (1) medical center in Salem and (5) associated clinics in Danville, Lynchburg, Staunton, Tazewell and Wytheville.

LGBT Veteran Care is for U.S. veterans.

 

There is Online Guides from the Transgender Health Alliance for Central Virginia (Websites –  THACVA, FBTHACVA, IG – NONE FOUND)

Check with individual providers in the resources guides for payment options, locations and age limitations for services.  

 

West Virginia

Planned Parenthood of Virginia is part of (1) Planned  Parenthood organization, Planned Parenthood of the South Atlantic organization (PPSA) with (1) health center (WebsitesPPSA, FBPPSouthAtlantic, IG#plannedparenthoodsouthatlantic)

The PPSA health center in West Virginia is in Vienna and offers gender-affirming HRT as well as many other services such as sexual/reproductive and women’s & men’s healthcare.  Click the site links for all resources at these health centers.  Many of these services are available through Telehealth.  The PPSA health center in West Virginia is located in  Vienna and it offers HRT and sexual/reproductive and women’s & men’s healthcare.

If you are not close to the Vienna of the location, try calling telehealth to determine if you can get HRT remotely.

Payment Options: Many PP Health Centers accept insurance and offer financial help, check on the websites and with the center for details.

Planned Parenthood serves teens and adults.  HRT is provided to adults 18+, but the many PP Health Centers offer service to patients 16 to 17  andyou may be able to get HRT with parental consent and  additional paperwork, check with the Health Center about HRT and  with any quesitons on age limitations for services. 

 

VA Health Care for LGBTQ Veterans in West Virginia has (4) organization, Beckley VAMC, Louis A. Johnson VAMC, Hershey Woody Williams VAMC and Martinsburg VAMC (WebsitesBeckley VAMCHershey Woody Williams VAMC and Salem VAMC)   FB – U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, IG@deptvetaffairs)

According to the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, Patient Care Services for LGBT veterans  includes the following (and other) services – gender-affirming HRT, treatment and prevention of STIs/PrEP, cancer screening, prevention and treatment.  If there are questions reach out to the LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) at the site.

VA healthcare is offered free of charge to veterans.   Veterans may have some copays.

Beckley VAMC has (1) medical center in Beckley and (2) associated clinics in Ronceverte and Princeton.

Louis A. Johnson VAMC has (1) medical center in Clarksburg and (5) associated clinics in Gassaway, Westover, Clarksburg, Parsons and Parksburg

Hershey Woody Williams VAMC has (1) medical center in Huntington and (1) associated clinics (1) in Kentucky in Prestonburg, (1) in Ohio in Gallipolis and (2) in West Virginia in South Charleston and Williamson.

Martinsburg  VAMC has (1) medical center in Martinsburg and (7) associated clinics (3) in Maryland in Cumberland, Frederick and Hagerstown, (2) in Virginia in Harrisburg and Winchester and (2) in West Virginia in Franklin and Petersburg.

LGBT Veteran Care is for U.S. veterans.

 

There is an Online Guide to providers of medical to the transgender community from Fairness West Virginia  (WebsiteTransgender Health Guide a FB  – Fairness West Virginia and IG – @fairnesswv)

Check with individual providers in the resources guides for payment options, locations and age limitations for services.  


 

About the author, Gayle M. Frankenbach, Ph.D. is the mother of a Daughter, Lise and a transgender son Elliott.  Elliott and Gayle both passionately desire to care about and care for the trans community.  Elliott and Gayle also both love the unbound creativity of the cosplay community.  When we realized there is a big overlap between the two communities B.UR.SLF, LLC was born at the interface of these two great communities to serve them individually and together.  Elliott and Gayle also enjoy running a trans son & parent business to be visible for parents on a journey to visibly support their own trans kids and be a great allies.