Health Care Resources in Washington DC

Health Care Resources in Washington DC

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 District of Columbia.  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 Washington, District of Columbia.

 

Washington, District of Columbia

Whitman-Walker Health (Website – Transgender Care and Services, FB – Whitman-Walker Health, IG@whitmanwalker)

Transgender Care and Services offered by Whitman-Walker include gender-affirming HRT, HIV/ STI treatment and counseling, specialty HIV treatment including PEP and PrEP, breast care and gynecology. STIs/PrEP.

Payment Options:  Whitman-Walker accepts many insurance plans, has help finding affordable insurance and finding financial assistance for patients who don’t have insurance.

Whitman-Walker Health has several locations around Washington DC.

Age limitations are not obvious, services appear to be for adults, call the service provider for age limits on services.

 

Children’s National Hospital (WebsiteYouth Pride Clinic, FB – Children’s National Hospital, IG@childrensnational)

Youth Pride Clinic offers specialized care for transgender youth in one location including gender-affriming HRT, HIV/ STI testing and treatment including PEP and PrE.P.

Payment Options:  Children’s National Hospital accepts a wide variety of govertment and commercial insurance plans as well as helping eligible patients recieve financial help.

Youth Pride Clinic is in Washington DC.

Services are available to children and youth until they turn 22.

Mary’s Center (Website –  Transgender Services, FB – Mary’s Center, IG@maryscenter)

The primary care provider’s at Mary’s Center are committed to supporting your health care journey which encompasses transition by prescribing and helping you maintain gender-affirming HRT, referrals for gender confirmation surgery, support for sexual health including HIV/ STI testing and treatment including PrEP.  Mary’s Center is a full service clinic that includes general health, dental care and many other services.

Payment Options:  Mary’s Center accepts insurance and medicad, click the link for more details .  If you don’t have insurance, contact Mary’s before your appointment and they will help you determine if you are eligible for a health plan or public benefit and will help you sign up for those services.  If you don’t qualify for insurance, Mary’s has a sliding fee scale.

Mary’s Center has several locations around Washington DC.

Mary’s Center accepts children to seniors, check with the provider for age limitation on services.

 

Planned Parenthood of Washington DC is part of (1) organization Metropolitan DC (PPMW) (WebsitesPPMW, FB – PPMW, IG@plannedparenthoodofmetropolitanwashingtondc)

Planned Parenthhood of Metropolitan DC offers Gender Affirming Care at all of their (3) Health Centers, Caroll Whitehill Moses Center, which is in DC and Suitland Health Center/ PP Prince George’s County, and Gaithersburg Centers both of which are in Maryland.  Gender-affirming care includes gender-affirming HRT and service referrals.  The health centers also provide other important services including primary care,  sexual and reproductive health such ass STI/ HIV testing and treatment including PEP and PrEP and other services.  Services are also available via Telehealth including hormone prescriptions.

Payment Options:  PPMW sites accept insurance and medicaid and will help you apply for medicaid.  Check the individual websites for further details.

Planned Parenthood serves teens and adults.  HRT is provided to adults 18+, but many PP Health Centers offer service to patients 16 to 17  and you 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 is part of (1) organization, Washington, DC VA Medical Center (Website – Washington DC VA Medical Center, 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.

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

Wahsingtong, DC VA Medical Center has (1) medical center in DC and (6) associated clinics (4) in Maryland in Charlotte Hall, Lexington Park, Gaithersburg and Camp Springs. (1) in Virginia in Fort Belvoir, and (1) in  Washington DC.  Click the location and directions link on the website for directions to the medical center and clinics.

LGBT Veteran Care is for U.S. veterans.

 

The George Washington University Hospital (WebsiteTransgender/ Gender Affirmation Services, FB – George Washingtong and University Hospital, IG@gwhospital)

The Transgender/ Gender Affirmations Services offered by The George Washington University Hospital offers the following surgical procedures, facial feminization, breast augmentation,  and chest masculization.

Payment Options:  The George Washington University Hospital accepts the following insurance plans.

The George Washington Hospital is located in Washington DC.

Age limitations are not obvious, services appear to be for adults, call the service provider for age limits on services.

 

Westend Plastic Surgery (WebsiteCenter for Gender Affirmation, FB – Westend Plastic Surgery, IG@westendplasticsurgery)

The Center for Gender Affirmation at Westend Plastic Surgery offers the follwoing surgical procedures, masculine and feminine top surgery, facial feminization, vaginoplasty, metoidioplasty, correctional surgery, and body conturing.

Payment Options:  Westend Plastic Surgery accepts conventional payements, insurance and has financing options.

Westend Plastic Surgery is located in DC.

Age limitations are not obvious, services appear to be for adults, call the service provider for age limits on services.

 

DC has one online guide from the DC Trans Coalition (DCTC) (Website –  Trans Health and Other Services Around DC, FB – None Found, IG – None Found)

Contact the service providers for payment options, age limitations on service and locations around DC.


 

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.