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Are there transgender benefits provided by UC SHIP?

Yes. Hormone therapy will be covered under the pharmacy benefit that is subject to no benefit cap and gender confirmation (reassignment) surgery will be covered at no lifetime benefit maximum cap. These services are not covered by the plan: cosmetic surgery such as liposuction, rhinoplasty, face lifts/facial bone reconstruction, or breast augmentation.

Students interested in transgender services are highly encouraged to make an appointment at The Ashe Center by phone at (310) 825-4073 option 1 or online at to discuss their needs in a secure and caring environment. You will need to obtain a referral authorization from The Ashe Center to specific Anthem network providers who specialize in transgender services. You and your selected provider must follow Anthem Blue Cross’ guidelines for gender reassignment services.

The UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) facility is always available for individual counseling and therapy among a variety of other mental health services that are included in this program.