THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Back in 2002, no employer in the Fortune 500 offered transgender health care benefits according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Now there are 121 employers in this group that offer some kind of transgender care — up nearly 20% from last year.
The huge turnaround from zero to 121 in 11 years might have much to do with HRC’s policy of grading companies based on the inclusion of health benefits for transgender/LGBT employees as well as businesses making changes on their own in order to remain competitive.
Major strides made by trans people recently in the court system and legislative arena hugely impacted decisions towards policy updating. Awareness in society by more trans people taking charge of their future played a part.
But not all transgender benefits are created equal. The benefits vary among the 125 and the co-pays can be considerable. Some companies don’t care to publicize the fact they offer transgender benefits.
While we are on a good track here, we have to remember, tens of thousands of employers offer no benefits at all. Medicare and Medicaid does not cover SRS. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) doesn’t require SRS coverage. Indirectly however, plans that receive federal money may ultimately have to provide the benefit. In this case, only time will tell.
Compiled from The Associated Press and The Washington Post.
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