THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — While a quibble between a transgender patient and Kaiser Permanente of Colorado resulted in a quiet settlement, a tsunami came in the form of an issuance by the Colorado Division of Insurance in banning health insurance companies from discriminating against transgender or LGBT people.
(UPDATE — See comment from the TLC below)
Following an investigation of a claim by Alex Manigault, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission found probable cause that Manigault was discriminated against by Kaiser because he was transgender. Within a day of that finding, Colorado’s Division of Insurance issued a bulletin specifically barring health insurers from this sort of discrimination.
According to Health Policy Solutions, Oregon, Washington, Vermont, the District of Columbia, and now Colorado, are the only states banning trans and LGBT discrimination.
As a result of the settlement with Kaiser, many details of the Manigault case are unavailable.
UPDATE July 18, 2013, from the Transgender Law Center:
Mark Daniel Snyder
My ED asked me to let you know that you should make one small correction: THANKS for all you do !
Could you please get in touch with the author and inform them that California was the first state to do this with the Dept of insurance regulations and later the DMHC guidance. Thanks so much Mark.
Transgender Law Center
870 Market Street, Ste. 400
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-865-0176 ext 301
Insurance discrimination ban in Oregon: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/state-of-oregon-tells-insurance-companies-no-more-transgender-discrimination/
Colorado probable cause document: http://www.healthpolicysolutions.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Determination.pdf
Health Policy Solutions article: Transgender teen settles landmark health case | Health Policy Solutions.
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