About the program
Through Plume, the HRT Access Fund provides 12 months of free medical care for trans folks seeking gender-affirming hormone therapy (GAHT, sometimes known as “HRT.”)
We accept applications from trans people who are in need of access to gender-affirming care that they cannot otherwise afford or safely obtain. Applications will open on May 15, 2021. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.
Recipients will receive 12 months of:
- medical care through initial and regular telemedical visits
- 3x year lab work and monitoring through Quest Diagnostics
- 24/7 text access to our predominantly trans care team
- any medical letters you may need related to your transition
- prescription cost coverage
At this time, the fund is available to individuals 18+ (19+ in Nebraska) and within the current service area of Plume. Check this map to see if Plume covers your state.
Due to state regulations, we unfortunately cannot accept applicants who are currently on Medicare in any state, or who are on Medicaid in Colorado or Kentucky.
Due to state regulations, we unfortunately cannot accept applicants who live in CO or KY and are currently on Medicare or Medicaid.
Plume is available to over 90%of the US trans population* and is working to rapidly expand their services in accordance with state regulations. Individuals seeking care are encouraged to follow Plume (Facebook / Instagram) and Point of Pride (Facebook / Instagram) to see when their state is added to those served by Plume if coverage is not currently available. During the open application period, Point of Pride will be updating the form when states are added, at which point residents of any added states are encouraged to apply.
We recognize that all trans and gender expansive folks deserve access to knowledgeable and affirming care, and will continue to work towards more comprehensive coverage.
*Based on the Williams Institute survey that estimates the trans population in every state and nationally.
We have very few requirements for applicants in an effort to be as inclusive as possible.
- You must identify as transgender (FTM, MTF, non-binary, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, intersex, and all other non-cis identities)
- You have financial need that prevents you from affording hormone replacement therapy
- You are 18 years old or older at the time you apply
- You live in one of the states Plume serves (map)
- You are not currently on Medicare
- If you live in CO or KY, you are not currently on Medicaid
This program is intended to help trans folks who otherwise can not afford these services. Please only apply if you are truly in need of support.
All applications must be submitted online via the form on this page.
- Carefully read this page, especially our Frequently Asked Questions section and Instruction Packet.
- Submit your application via the form below.
- Once the application period ends, our HRT Access Fund Committee evaluates every application received and selects recipients. Determinations are primarily based on the applicant’s financial need and (in)ability to access care. We have limited resources, and this process can be extremely competitive: Point of Pride anticipates to fund just ~1-2% of applicants.
- If you are selected as a recipient, you will be contacted via email by [email protected] regarding next steps. Through working with Plume, your individualized needs will be addressed by a gender-affirming provider. Part of your grant award will be paid directly to Plume for establishing medical care, initial and regular telemedical visits, 3x year lab work and monitoring through Quest Diagnostics, 24/7 text access to our predominantly trans care team, and any medical letters you may need related to your transition. Point of Pride will work with you directly to identify and cover the costs of your medication.
- If you are not selected as a recipient, you are welcome to apply again during our next application period in 2022 (date TBD). Your application will not roll over.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I still apply if I have health insurance?
Yes, you may still apply for assistance (as long as you are not on Medicare or Medicaid if you live in CO or KY, due to state regulations.)
Is there an age requirement?
Yes, you must be at least 18 years old to apply.
I'm under the age of 18, but I have my parent/guardian's consent. Can I apply?
We are so excited to hear that more parents and guardians are interested in supporting those under the age of 18 in pursuing affirming medical care. Unfortunately, due to current legislation, Plume is unable to provide care to minors even with parent or guardian authorization. We are continuing to monitor the situation and look forward to the day when we can allow additional applicants to our Access Fund.
Does this cover puberty blockers?
Unfortunately, no. At this time, puberty blockers are not covered.
Can I apply for funding for HRT or medical services I've already had?
We understand the challenges of debt, loans, etc. that so many in our community deal with in order to afford their health care.
Unfortunately, no. At this time, we cannot apply grants retroactively to reimburse past HRT or medical costs.
I'd like to nominate someone to receive financial aid.
It’s wonderful that you’d like to support trans loved ones in your life by making this nomination. We understand how important access to care is and how much this would mean for them.
However, our program does not take nominations into consideration when awarding funding. To be considered, your friend will need to personally submit an application during our next cycle. This application process is designed to help protect your friend’s privacy, safety, and comfort and keep our processes as fair as possible for all applicants. Thank you for your understanding!
Can I edit my application after I submit it?
Unfortunately, no. All submitted applications are final, and you cannot edit your responses.
If you are selected to move forward as a finalist, you will have the opportunity to change your information and provide us with all necessary updates.
I missed the deadline. Is it too late to apply?
Unfortunately, yes. Our Board has a very firm deadline on our application window simply because we receive so many requests for support.
This is a recurring program so we will be accepting applications again next year, and you are welcome to submit a new application then. Please stay tuned for the dates to be announced!
Why isn’t Plume/this program available across the US yet?
At present, different states have varying legal requirements for Telehealth (including some states explicitly preventing e-prescribing Testosterone). Plume is working to comply with all Telehealth laws, as well as meeting any additional requirements in order to expand to states they do not presently cover.
Additionally, due to legal requirements for providing hormone replacement therapy, Plume must have at least one clinician who is licensed in that state in order for a state to be covered. As part of Plume’s commitment to serving the community with the care, experience, and knowledge that trans and intersex folks everywhere deserve, they are hiring predominantly trans clinicians (and will consider non-trans clinicians with extensive experience working with our community).
Your physical and mental health is too important to entrust to a provider who doesn’t have extensive knowledge and experience.
Plume is working tirelessly with a goal of doubling their coverage within the next 6 months and continuing to expand so that they are able to provide gender-affirming care anywhere they are legally able to do so in the United States.
If you are a clinician specializing in trans care (or if you know someone), please get in touch! You can email [email protected].
I have a question not listed here.
We are always looking for ways to improve our programs in order to better serve the community. If you do not see your question answered here, please let us know at [email protected].
When will I receive a response about my application?
Our team typically replies to all applicants via email in 3 months from when the application cycle ends. Because we are an entirely volunteer-operated non-profit, please allow extra time in the event of a delay. Thank you for your patience.
Additionally, please check your spam folder and the quota limit on your inbox to make sure it hasn’t been filtered or bounced back. You may need to search for email accounts that end in “@pointofpride.org” or update your settings to allow emails from “@pointofpride.org” accounts. Please note that in most instances of applicants missing status updates, the result is due to spam filters. To help us focus on supporting our community, we strongly encourage checking your account for any missed messages before reaching out. From all of us at Point of Pride, we are deeply appreciative of your patience and understanding.
For questions about Plume’s service, please visit https://getplume.co#faq
Before you apply…
As you answer the questions, please try to be as specific, compelling, and descriptive as possible. This is a scholarship-like assistance program, so we want to best understand your story and your financial need.
If English is your second language, please respond in your native language. We will translate your answers. (Si el inglés es su segundo idioma, responda en su idioma nativo. Nosotros traduciremos sus respuestas.)
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Meet our Past Recipients
To date, we have awarded over $50,000 in financial assistance.