The state of Vermont became the fourth estate in the US to mandate that insurance companies cover gender reassignment surgery. The Advocate reports:
Vermont regulators have issued a mandate that insurers operating within the state cover all medically necessary procedures for transgender people, including gender-reassignment surgery. The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation’s Division of Insurance laid out the policy in a bulletin saying, “DFR is committed to ensuring that Vermonters do not face discrimination in accessing medically necessary health care benefits, including those based on gender identity and gender dysphoria,” the Rutland Herald reports.
Are transgender rights the next frontier after marriage equality? We hope so.