Lawsuit prompts state of Oregon to provide sex reassignment surgery insurance coverage for state employees

Alec (Photo: Lamda Legal)

Tara Borelli of Lambda Legal (Photo: Lambda Legal)

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — An out-of-court settlement to a discrimination lawsuit filed by a transgender Oregon Court of Appeals clerk has resulted in sex reassignment surgery insurance coverage for all state employees.  In addition, the state will pay Alec Esquival $36,000.

Esquival, a trans man, filed the lawsuit against the state and public employees benefits board after he was denied a doctor-recommended hysterectomy. Although a hysterectomy is a covered benefit, he was denied coverage because it was for the purpose of transitioning.

Esquival’s attorney Tara Borelli (of Lambda Legal): “When the state refused to provide him with coverage for the same medical procedure that co-workers could access, Alec was compensated less based on his gender identity. Oregon has now corrected that inequity.”

Oddly enough, a 2007 state law bans private insurance companies from gender or sexuality discrimination, seemingly allowing the public employees benefits board a loophole of some sort. With the settlement, that ambiguity is gone.

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Sources: Statesman Journal, AP

Alec (Photo: Lamda Legal)

Tara Borelli of Lambda Legal (Photo: Lambda Legal)

More: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/01/oregon_state_employee_benefits.html

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3 replies

  1. Love your blog, pic isn’t Alec, it’s Tara Borelli from Lambda.

  2. Yikes! Okay, thanks, I’ll fix it. :)

  3. What’s worse is that a disabled woman who is ill, low income due to disabilities, living on SSI, and receives Medicade (OHP) for her healthcare, cannot receive a hysterectomy when needed for health reasons. Why? Because OHP won’t pay for hysterectomies. Period. Not unless the OHP insurance carrier deems there is a life threatening illness to “warrant” one. This has got to change.

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