Via Instagram user that0one0guy0named0max

Transgender people frustrated with incompetent and humiliating medical treatment are sharing their experiences using #transhealthfail, and every story is worth reading.

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The Twitter campaign was launched about a week ago by MyTransHealth, a portal for people to search for transgender-friendly doctors and clinics.

Despite protections in the Affordable Care Act which prohibits federally-funded health programs from discriminating because of someone's gender identity, there are few specific local laws guaranteeing health care for trans people in most states. Trying to get non-discriminatory health care has long been a struggle for transgender men and women in the U.S. Just last month, advocates said a D.C. hospital was denying transgender patients care despite a local law that guarantees they would be covered by insurance.

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“They’re violating the Human Rights Act because they specifically are saying that because someone is transgender they’re not willing to do anything,” Ruby Jade Corado, a transgender activist in D.C., told Fusion at the time.

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And even if a transgender patient manage to find a doctor to treat them, they're forced to worry about what many transgender patients say is doctors' tendency to blame everything on their gender status or hormone therapy.

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“I’m afraid they are going to have the power to take away something that I need,” Robyn Kanner, one of the founders of MyTransHealth, told the Daily Dot. “Like I had these stomach issues and I didn’t want to go to the doctor because I was worried that they would blame my stomach problems on my hormones and make me stop taking them. It becomes this thing you build up in your head.”

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The stories being shared on Twitter broach multiple problems: access, insurance coverage, and training for doctors to better understand how to treat trans patients.

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