Thursday, February 24, 2011

More Employee Health Insurance Policies Cover Transgender Surgeries

With the many challenges members of the transgender community face, the cost of the surgeries may be one less obstacle.

Over the past few years, there has been a shift in many company insurance policies to cover at least one transgender surgery, be it breast augmentation or genital reconstruction. More than 85 companies consider these procedures to be coverable expenses under their employee health plans.  Whether these measures can be attributed to the efforts of transgender rights groups or to obtain the Corporate Equality Index's coveted 100% rating, they are measures we can celebrate. 

The Corporate Equality Index, a report published by the Human Rights Campaign, rates American companies and businesses on their treatment of LGBT employees and investors.  Company policy and its implications are researched as part of the report, though much of the data comes from surveys.  The CEI has been published since 2002, and later this year the HRC is expected at add surgery-inclusive medical benefits for transgender dependents as well as employees as a criteria on their corporate diversity report card.

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