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Ill. warns insurers about discriminating against transgender people

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The state of Illinois has cautioned insurers about discriminating against transgender people. The Illinois Department of Insurance bulletin issued to insurers this week details nondiscrimination provisions in the federal Affordable Care Act along with Illinois laws. Backers say the move was prompted by concerns for transgender people's rights...

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

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

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Supreme Court: Corporations can hold religious objections to contraceptive coverage

| Monday, June 30, 2014
Hobby-Lobby
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. The justices’ 5-4 decision is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

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Massachusetts to remove barriers to transgender related healthcare

| Friday, June 20, 2014
Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.)
BOSTON -- A range of gender identity treatments — including hormone therapy and gender-reassignment surgery — could soon be covered in both private insurance and in public programs for Massachusetts residents. [caption id="attachment_144308" align="alignright" width="450"] Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.)[/caption] The Patrick administration said Friday that...

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New York state sued over lack of transgender Medicaid coverage

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
New-York
NEW YORK -- A lawsuit filed Thursday against New York state seeks Medicaid coverage for transgender people seeking what they consider to be life-saving health treatments, including gender change procedures. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan against the state health commissioner, seeks class-action status on behalf of ...

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Washington state reinforces insurance parity requirement for gay spouses

| Thursday, June 5, 2014
Washington-state
Washington state officials are reminding companies in the state that health benefits must be provided to same-sex spouses if they are provided to heterosexual spouses. The state issued a joint letter Thursday to the state's employers, insurance companies and benefit plan administrators regarding health care benefits for same-sex married couples.

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Two Fla. municipalities extend healthcare coverage to workers’ same-sex spouses

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Florida
Two Florida municipalities have voted to extend healthcare coverage to their workers' same-sex spouses. The city of Lakeland voted 5-2 to add workers' same-sex spouses to its insurance plan, and Highland County defeated motions by two commissioners who sought to revoke existing coverage for same-sex spouses of county workers.

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Ill. insurance marketplace to open special enrollment for married, gay couples

| Sunday, June 1, 2014
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CHICAGO — Illinois’ health insurance marketplace is now allowing married, gay and lesbian couples to enroll for private coverage. Now that same-sex marriage is legal in the state, Get Covered Illinois announced it will open up special enrollment periods for gay couples.

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Medicare coverage ban on gender reassignment surgery lifted

| Friday, May 30, 2014
HHS-seal
SAN FRANCISCO — Transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for gender reassignment surgeries, a U.S. Department of Health and Services review board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures as a medically necessary and effective treatment for individuals who do not identify with their biological sex.

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Complaint accuses Fla. insurers of discrimination against HIV patients

| Thursday, May 29, 2014
heathcare-drugs
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Two health organizations filed a complaint with federal officials Thursday, alleging that some Florida insurance companies are violating the Affordable Care Act by structuring their drug policies in a way that discourages consumers with HIV and AIDS from choosing their plans.

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