LGBTQ Health and Wellness Resources
Hackensack Meridian Health is dedicated to providing respectful, compassionate care that meets the unique health care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ) patients and their families.
Human Rights Campaign Foundation acknowledges Hackensack Meridian Health as an LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader and Top Performer for providing a safe environment, policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) patients, visitors and team members.
Hackensack Meridian Health offers LGBT Care:
- Access to culturally competent treatment and prevention services
- Coverage for reconstructive surgical procedures related to sex reassignment
- Coverage for transition-related care, including surgical procedures related to gender confirmation Coverage for medical visits or laboratory services
- Pharmaceutical Coverage (i.e. hormone replacement therapies)
- Mental health benefits
- Short-term medical leave
- Coverage of routine, chronic or urgent non-transition services
- HIV & AIDS Ambulatory Care at Jersey Shore University Medical Center
- AIDS Outreach Program
- Family Health
- Collaborations with Hyacinth, Pride Center, GSE
Health Information and Serving the LGBT Community:
A summary of patient rights include the right:
- To courteous treatment with respect for each patient’s dignity and individuality
- To make an informed choice and to give informed consent for treatment
- To an explanation of diagnosis and treatment options
- To refuse medication and treatment to extent permitted by law and to be informed of medical consequences of such refusal
- To receive appropriate assessment and treatment for pain
- To effective communication, including a translator as necessary
- To be included in clinical research only when you have given informed consent to participate
Additional patient rights include:
- Freedom from restraints (unless authorized by a physician for limited periods of time)
- A copy of hospital charges and fees for services provided
- To be informed about any need for follow-up care and to receive assistance in obtaining such care
- To receive a summary of your rights as a patient, including hospital grievance and complaint procedures, as well as contact information for hospital staff and the New Jersey Department of Health unit that handles questions and complaints
- To treatment and medical services without discrimination based on sex/gender, race, age, language, religion, ethnicity, disability, citizenship, national origin, culture, marital status, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, diagnosis, any other category protected by state or federal law, ability to pay, or source of payment.
- To exercise all your constitutional, civil, and legal rights.
As a recipient of funding through Federal Health Care programs, Meridian Health does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the ground of race, color, or national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, veteran status, on the basis of disability or age, in sum or substance, ‘any other category protected by state or federal law’, in admission to, participation in, or receipt of services and benefits under any of its programs and activities. This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 (42 U.S.C. 18116). (For further information about this policy, contact Guest Relations at 732-836-4297).
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) patients have unique healthcare needs. The following information contains a list of health topics LGBT patients should be aware of and discuss with their healthcare provider.
- Ten Things Lesbians Should Discuss With Their Healthcare Provider
- Ten Things Gay Men Should Discuss With Their Healthcare Provider
- Ten Things Bisexuals Should Discuss With Their Healthcare Provider
- Ten Things Transgender Persons Should Discuss With Their Healthcare Provider
- Human Rights Campaign
- Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD)
- Gay and Lesbian Independent School Teachers Network (GLSEN)
- Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
- National LGBT Health Education Center
- Fenway Health Institute
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Hackensack Meridian Health acknowledges its commitment to the policy for Equal Employment Opportunity by equal consideration of applicants and employees without regard to race, citizenship, national origin, sex, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, mental disability that can be reasonably accommodated without undue hardship or physical handicap, veteran or marital status, sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by law.