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LGBT Americans face greater social, economic disparities in South, Midwest, Mountain states

| Thursday, December 18, 2014
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The Williams Institute reviews social climate, demographic, economic and health indicators, and highlights disparities between states with and without LGBT non-discrimination laws.

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New York officials propose coverage for transgender healthcare under Medicaid

| Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Proposed regulations would cover hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery for low-income New Yorkers under the state's Medicaid program.

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Blue Cross extends coverage to married same-sex couples in Alabama

| Sunday, December 14, 2014
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Despite Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage, the coverage extends to those married out-of-state in order to comply with a federal rule.

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Medicare, Medicaid propose new rules to recognize same-sex spouses

| Thursday, December 11, 2014
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The new regulations would revise language to ensure terms like "spouse" and "representative" include gay and lesbian spouses for the purposes of healthcare visitation and decision-making.

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Path to financial stability, long-term care for aging LGBT individuals starts now

| Sunday, October 19, 2014
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The lack of clarity on what the future may hold is compounded by the fact that unlike their heterosexual peers, LGBT seniors often lack traditional family support systems, which heightens their need to create long-term plans for their future… Most of these individuals will derive no benefit from the new marriage equality rules, as many do not have a legal spouse present to execute their end-of-life plans....

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Missouri state workers’ health plan expanded to include same-sex spouses

| Thursday, October 9, 2014
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's health care and retirement plans are expanding coverage to same-sex spouses following a recent court ruling. The Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan says it will enroll same-sex spouses of state employees and retirees who have valid marriage licenses from other states.

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Walmart sued for denying health coverage for lesbian employee’s spouse

| Friday, September 26, 2014
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Legal advocacy group GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) has filed a discrimination charge against Walmart with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a lesbian worker who for six years was denied health coverage for her same-sex spouse.

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Starkville to allow unmarried partners or ‘plus-1′ adult on city insurance plan

| Friday, September 5, 2014
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JACKSON, Miss. -- A north Mississippi city is revising its health insurance plan to let municipal employees buy coverage for one other adult, including a same-sex partner. Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman said Friday that the new insurance plan is an attempt to save money - not to make a political statement.

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Calif. man sues Little Caesars for denying health coverage to same-sex spouses

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- A California man has filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination by Detroit-based Little Caesars Pizza for denying health insurance benefits to employees' same-sex spouses. Frank Bernard, 47, filed the action in state Superior Court in Orange County, Calif., on Wednesday against the nation's third-largest pizza chain...

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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.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. ...

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