Wednesday, February 13, 2013

More Transgender Health Care Coverage at Universities

Today the New York Times posted an article about how certain colleges and universities are covering sex-change surgery on the college health insurance plan. The article explains that Brown has recently become the 36th college/university to cover such surgery. Additionally, about 20 more universities do not cover surgery, but do cover hormone therapy. Sadly, the universities participating are the most elite institutions with large endowments. There are thousands of universities that still lack transgender health coverage. Insurance companies, including university-sponsored insurances, are not required to cover such procedures, though many larger insurance carriers have recently taken the stance that these treatments could be considered medically necessary. While trans* students still face many biases and micro-agressions at colleges and universities across the country, this can still be seen as a positive advance towards creating a more inclusive and friendly college environment to people of all genders and sexualities.

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