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Seattle adds transgender health care to city’s employee benefits

Thursday, October 13, 2011

SEATTLE — The Seattle Office for Civil Rights has announced that for the first time, healthcare benefits offered to city workers will cover procedures for transgender employees, reports the Seattle Gay News.

The change takes effect on Jan. 1, 2012 to coincide with open enrollment, and according to a statement, “transgender health care procedures will be included in all plans.”

Seattle now joins San Francisco in offering Transgender healthcare benefits. San Francisco began offering these benefits to their employees, retirees, and their dependents in 2001.

The surprise announcement capped six months of negotiations between several City commissions, the Mayor, the City Council, and a coalition of city unions. It was timed to coincide with the annual open enrollment period in which City employees choose their healthcare plans.

“People are skeptical of government,” LGBT Commission Co-Chair Tiffany Nelson told the Seattle Gay News. “But they did the right thing – and in a timely way!”

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21 more reader comments:

  1. Beautiful Seattle. :)

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 10:13am
  2. About time. Come on America wake up!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 10:14am
  3. Way to go Seattle

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 10:14am
  4. Aww :)

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 10:16am
  5. I want to move to seattle so bad:[

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 10:17am
  6. :)

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 10:18am
  7. I guess that’s nice if you work for the city government, but it doesn’t help anyone else.

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 10:20am
  8. this is great news. i believe that this world is ready to except us as human and not some kind of misfist. been praying long and hard.. and i know god is listening… one step in the right direaction.

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 10:20am
  9. YEY! Thank you Seattle ~

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 10:20am
  10. Again, Seattle proves itself worthy of being my favorite city. Thank you, Seattle! ^-^

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 10:28am
  11. Very manipulative wording here, what do they mean by procedures? Do these procedures include top and bottom surgeries, because if not, this is nothing new. Most insurance plans include hormone therapy for transsexuals in transition and has for quite some time now.

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 10:29am
  12. I don’t like this at all, it provides something extra for only one group of people, city workers pay comes from tax payers, and it shouldn’t be used to provide an individual here and there with sex changes. It should be equal for every employee.

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 10:56am
  13. @Ricardo Gomez If you had cancer and needed some surgeries wouldn’t that be extra for a group of people (people with cancers)? Trans people are no different (people with a medical condition known as being trans) And wouldn’t you want that surgery? Maybe we shouldn’t have tax payer monies pay for that either??? No, you’d cry and scream if we didn’t have those things payed for but trans people are some strange group, right? Well, here’s to tax payers paying only for people like you, how nice! What an idea!

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 11:15am
  14. Ricardo, the thing you don’t realize is that transgedered individuals have an actual disorder. I use that term loosely. They’re not sick, they’re not broken, but they are suffering. They were born in a wrong body. Their brains are not wired correctly to their born sex, so they feel the very real pain of having to deal with it. Having SRS heals them; just like any other necessary surgery does. This isn’t some bizarre choice like getting plastic surgery to enhance breasts. This is purely medicinal. This is their only form of treatment. How is this unreasonable to cover?

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 11:24am
  15. alright seattle!! awesome news for transgender people!

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 11:31am
  16. Hopefully private companies follow suit. I was a teacher by trade and always felt a bit uncomfortable at how lavish my healthcare coverage was. Everyone deserves such comprehensive healthcare.

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 11:48am
  17. Way to go Seattle!

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 12:24pm
  18. saweeeeeeetttttt

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 1:35pm
  19. EXCELLENT!!!

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 2:02pm
  20. Hoooooray…………………..

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 2:14pm
  21. Yes! Another step to a good healthy future….

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 2:38pm