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Oct 19, 2016 11:09 AM

Manchester aldermen approve transgender health benefits - sex change surgery included


MANCHESTER — The vote was 10-2 in favor of offering transgender-inclusive health-care benefits, such as sex change surgery, to municipal employees and their families that would be covered under city health insurance plans.

City aldermen voted on Tuesday for this health care change.

Anthem has announced it will remove the exclusion for gender identity disorders and sex change surgery from its coverage offerings, on both fully and self-insured plans, come Jan. 1, 2017, in accordance with ACA Section 1557, nondiscriminatory provisions of the Affordable Care Act, according to the Union Leader.

Section 1557 prohibits most insurers from discriminating on the basis of sex- including gender identity- when providing health coverage.

Human Resources Director Jane Gile estimates the cost to add transgender services to the city health plan to be between 80 cents and $1.10 per member, per month.

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