Bartlett Regional Hospital now recognizes broader gender identities

A copy of Bartlett Regional Hospital’s new outpatient registration form asks for sex assigned at birth and gender identification with expanded options. (Photo illustration by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO - Juneau)
A copy of Bartlett Regional Hospital’s new outpatient registration form asks for sex assigned at birth and gender identification with expanded options. (Photo illustration by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO – Juneau)

Bartlett Regional Hospital announced Thursday that at registration, its patients will now be asked for their gender identity. Patients will also be notified that they are protected against sex discrimination.

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The hospital said in a press release the changes are in response to federal regulations tied to the Affordable Care Act that require health care providers treat people in a way consistent with their gender identity.

The hospital’s registration forms now ask for “gender assigned at birth” and “gender identification.” Options include female, male, intersex, female-to-male transgender, male-to-female transgender, other and an option to decline.

Denise Plano, Bartlett’s director of quality, said it’s an important rule that the hospital is pleased to comply with.

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Jeremy Hsieh is the news director at KTOO and 360 North in Juneau. He’s a podcast fiend who has worked in journalism since high school as a reporter, editor and television producer. He’s run Gavel Alaska for 360 North since 2011, and is big on using social media to summarize, unpack and demystify state politics and policymaking. Jeremy is an East Coast transplant who moved to Juneau in 2008. He’s into sleeping late, rock climbing, ultimate frisbee, video games and eating tasty things.