Insurance Benefits for Transgender Students

UC Berkeley’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) covers transgender-specific medical care. 

What does SHIP cover?

  • Hormone therapy – this is covered under the pharmacy benefit.
  • Gender confirmation (reassignment) surgery* 
  • Breast augmentation (MTF top surgery)*
  • FTM top surgery*
  • Electrolysis (neck and face)
  • Tracheal shave
  • Limited travel expenses*
  • Laser hair removal (neck, face) 
  • Fertility preservation*
  • Gender conforming facial surgery including facial feminization*

*Subject to precertification. If precertification is not obtained, claims will be denied.

How does it work?

  • For hormone therapy: Call Clinic 3 at (510) 643-7110 and ask to speak with the clinic nurse.  The clinic nurse can arrange an appointment and prepare you for your visit.
  • For surgery: We strongly advise you to make an appointment with the SHIP Case Coordinator for a confidential benefits review of your transgender medical benefits. You will get a better understanding of current insurance coverage requirements and limitations and can be guided to the appropriate next step. Schedule an appointment by calling the SHIP office at 510-642-5700 or sending a secure message in the eTang portal to the SHIP Trans Care Benefits Team.

How to find a preferred provider?

See the list of in-network preferred providers.

Where can I go for more information?

Please see our Services at Tang for Trans and Gender Non-conforming Students page or contact the SHIP office.