Federal Court Rules Gov’t Must Cover Surgeries for Transgender State Employees

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Federal Court Rules Gov’t Must Cover Surgeries for Transgender State Employees

A federal judge in Wisconsin has ordered that the government and its insurers must pay for transition procedures for transgender state employees.

 

MADISON, Wis. (CN) – In a ruling filed Tuesday, a federal judge in Wisconsin ordered that the state and its insurers must cover transition procedures for transgender state employees.

U.S. District Court Judge William Conley found that there was no legal basis for a specific exclusion in the Uniform Benefits adopted by the state’s Group Insurance Board that rules out coverage for “procedures, services and supplies related to surgery and sex hormones associated with gender reassignment.”

The exclusion, which has existed in some form since 1994, was found to violate Title VII, the Affordable Care Act and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.




The board voted unanimously to remove the exclusion in July, 2016. However, in December of that year, it voted to reinstate the exclusion, which went back into effect Feb. 1, 2017.

Conley stated in his opinion that “the exclusion on its face treats transgender individuals differently on the basis of sex.”

 

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