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The state of transgender health care
By Erin Moriarty-Siler
From BenefitsPro on Monday, December 12, 2016
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Since the CEI’s inception in 2002, many large U.S. employers have embraced LGBT-affirming policies as a best practice. The National Business Group on Health just released their survey findings for 2016: Of the 44 respondents, 70 percent indicated their medical plan covers at least some non-surgical gender reassignment benefits (e.g., counseling or hormone replacement therapy) and 63 percent indicated their medical plan covers gender reassignment surgery.

Solid data for trans-related health care is difficult to come by. From 2002 to 2015, the percentage of major corporations with policies and benefits in place for transgender employees expanded from a mere 5 percent to almost all employers — 93 percent — according to an NBGH issue brief in January 2016.

And, more recently, the National Business Group on Health released survey findings for Q3 2016: Of the 44 respondents, 70 percent indicated their medical plan covers at least some non-surgical gender reassignment benefits (e.g., counseling or hormone replacement therapy), 63 percent indicated their medical plan covers gender reassignment surgery, and 43 percent reported covering laser hair removal and/or electrolysis and voice surgery.