A new analysis published today in the prestigious New England Journal ​of Medicine finds that the cost of providing transition-related health care for transgender service members will be minimal after the Pentagon lifts its ban. In "Caring for Our Transgender Troops-The Negligible Cost of Transition-Related Care," Dr. Aaron Belkin, Palm Center director and visiting professor at University of California, Hastings, concludes that the analysis should allay concerns about financial implications of inclusive policy. "Under any plausible estimation method," Belkin said, "the costs are minimal."

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Following Secretary of Defense Carter's announcement today of a review of the Pentagon's ban on service by transgender personnel, Palm Center director Aaron Belkin offered the following statement:

"Today's announcement is welcome news, not just for the 15,500 transgender personnel serving currently, but for all Americans. The review process should proceed quickly, and should be informed by social science research and the lessons of 18 foreign militaries that have lifted their bans and found that inclusive policy is not difficult to formulate or implement."

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CHICAGO, IL - The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation's oldest and largest physicians group with nearly 220,000 members, made history today by passing a resolution declaring that "there is no medically valid reason to exclude transgender individuals" from US military service. The voting delegates of the AMA urged that transgender service members be provided with necessary medical care "according to the same medical standards that apply to non-transgender personnel." The AMA resolution, which concluded that the military's medical rules governing transgender service are "out of date with respect to medical consensus about gender identity," was passed by a unanimous vote at the group's annual meeting in Chicago.

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