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Transgender & Gender-Diverse Health Care Services

TRICARE covers hormone therapy and psychological counseling for gender dysphoria.

  • Gender dysphoria refers to psychological distress that results from an incongruence between one’s sex assigned at birth and one’s gender identity.
  • TRICARE generally doesn't cover surgery for the treatment of gender dysphoria.
  • However, active duty service members may request a waiver through the Supplemental Health Care Program for medically-necessary, gender affirming surgery.

Are you a Veteran? Visit the Veteran Affairs LGBTQ+ Health Program page details about covered services through the VA.

Education References & Training Resources

VHA TRAIN offers several training opportunities for health care providers to learn more about transgender and gender-diverse care.

  • These education references and training resources are built on evidence-based practice guidelines and standards of care. 
  • These resources apply to all care received at military hospitals and clinics and from TRICARE-authorized providers, network or non-network.

Treatment Guidelines

Archived Documentation

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Last Updated: October 02, 2023
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