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Md. now offers transition-related care to transgender state employees

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland has become only the third state in the nation to provide insurance coverage for transition-related care.

MarylandThe policy change, which went into effect July 1 but was only announced publicly this week, means that any state employee, retiree, or dependent will be able to access mental health services, hormone therapy, and a range of surgeries associated with gender reassignment without having to pay entirely out of pocket, reports The Baltimore Sun.

The change comes as a result of legal negotiations in a discrimination case brought against the state by Sailor Holobaugh, a 31-year-old clinical research assistant in neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

The state agreed amid those negotiations to reimburse Holobaugh’s transition-related medical costs to date and apply the new standard to all of its employee health plans, rather than fight Holobaugh’s claim in court.

California and Oregon are the other two states that provide similar insurance coverage for their transgender employees.

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