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Cincinnati to cover transgender procedures under city’s health insurance

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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CINCINNATI, Ohio — Medically necessary procedures related to a person’s gender identity will be covered under the City of Cincinnati’s health insurance starting next year.

Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati.com reports that City Councilman Chris Seelbach, the city’s first openly gay council member, led a council majority in signing a letter urging the change.

“Since I’ve been here I’ve worked to make this city as competitive and inclusive as possible,” said Seelbach. “This is a another step in that direction.”

Cincinnati would be the first city in Ohio to offer transgender procedures in its health benefits, according TransOhio, a statewide advocacy group.

Shane Morgan, founder and chair of TransOhio, which provides education and advocacy, praised city officials.

“For Cincinnati to cover their trans employees – because there are trans employees who work there – is great,” said Shane Morgan, founder and chair of TransOhio. “Hopefully cities elsewhere in Ohio will follow that.”

In June, the city began offering a domestic partner registry, paving the way for more local companies to offer benefits to same-sex couples.

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