Answer key: Trans People get better treatment

Lesson Plan: Health Care for Trans people is Improving in MA

Word Inference

  1. pandemic |panˈdemik| adjective (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.
  2. marginalize marginalize |ˈmärjənəˌlīz| verb [with object] treat (a person, group, or concept) as insignificant or peripheral: attempting to marginalize those who disagree | (as adjective marginalized) : members of marginalized cultural groups.
  3. reassess |ˌrēəˈses| verb [with object] consider or assess again, especially while paying attention to new or different factors: we have decided to reassess our timetable.
  4. transgender |transˈjendərtranzˈjendər| (also transgendered) adjective denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex. Compare with cisgender: a transgender activist and author | the series will chronicle a group of Chicago women united by the shared experience of being transgender.
  5. *Scarecrow argument noun Related to Scarecrow argument: Straw person fallacy, Straw man fallacy 1. An argument or opponent set up so as to be easily refuted or defeated. [From the making of sham human figures out of bundles of straw, as for use as scarecrows or practice targets .]
  6. deem |dēm| verb [with object and complement] regard or consider in a specified way: the event was deemed a great success | [with object and infinitive] : the strike was deemed to be illegal.
  7. *trail behind- idiom. To be in a secondary or inferior position (compared to someone or something else). We’re trailing behind in the polls, but I still feel like we can win this election! Though their newest smartphone is the most technologically advanced on the market, it continues to trail behind its competitors in terms of sales. The team trailed behind by 17 points at halftime.
  8. landmark  |ˈlan(d)ˌmärk| noun 1 an object or feature of a landscape or town that is easily seen and recognized from a distance, especially one that enables someone to establish their location: the spire was once a landmark for ships sailing up the river.
  9. onerous  |ˈōnərəsˈänərəs| adjective (of a task, duty, or responsibility) involving an amount of effort and difficulty that is oppressively burdensome: he found his duties increasingly onerous.
  10. restrictive |rəˈstriktiv| adjective 1 imposing restrictions or limitations on someone’s activities or freedom: a web of restrictive regulations.



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Grammar: find the correct word:

Gender-affirming care is only the first step. When we care for our most marginalized, we provide better health care overall. We all have some relationship to gender. We know that caring for the whole person allows for better health and decreases the overall costs.


Reading Comprehension

True /False/NA-Statements

  1. T- The coronavirus pandemic has made it clear that Americans need better health care access.
  2. F- States should reassess what is considered medically necessary to expand equitable coverage and access — including for transgender and gender-diverse people.
  3. F- On Sept. 3, MassHealth took that next step forward. It updated the state’s Guidelines for Medical Necessity Determination for gender-affirming care.
  4. T- Gender-affirming services currently include services such as hair removal, surgery, pubertal blockade, and hormone therapies.
  5. T- overage in Massachusetts has continued to advance over the years:
  6. F-In 2021, the attorney general’s office reminded providers that MassHealth gender-affirming surgeries are covered.
  7. T- Private payers, on the other hand, have traditionally relied on the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care 7 to determine necessity.
  8. F– According to WPATH, every trans and gender-diverse person has specific types of gender-affirming care, and types of social transition needed. There’s no one size fits all model.
  9. T– MassHealth has made a move in the right direction by recognizing the variability in gender-affirming care.
  10. F- Gender-affirming care is only the first step. When we care for our most marginalized, we provide better health care overall.