LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas is expanding care for transgender students at its campus health center.
The Kansas City Star reports that transgender students will now be able to start and continue hormone therapy through the university’s student health center, Watkins Health Services.
Transgender students seeking services related to gender transition previously had limited health care options at the school, often having to leave campus for the evaluations and lab work needed to begin the process.
Student Senate President Noah Ries says students looking to start hormone therapy were forced to take buses or find rides to Kansas City for doctor’s appointments.
Watkins Director Doug Dechairo says the university’s student health insurance plan will cover the services performed at the health center. The center will also coordinate treatment with counseling staff.