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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
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.
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
Jacqueline Cote (right) and her spouse Diana Smithson.
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
Cincinnati, Ohio
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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Oregon Medicaid to extend coverage to gender dysphoria treatments

| Friday, August 15, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon's Medicaid program will soon pay for gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy and other treatments for transgender patients, becoming on Thursday the third state besides the District of Columbia to extend coverage to gender dysphoria treatments.

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Ill. warns insurers about discriminating against transgender people

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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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
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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
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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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