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Ill. warns insurers about discriminating against transgender people

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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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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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Ill. insurance marketplace to open special enrollment for married, gay couples

| Sunday, June 1, 2014
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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Complaint accuses Fla. insurers of discrimination against HIV patients

| Thursday, May 29, 2014
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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Ohio couple dismisses challenge to gay marriage ban over healthcare coverage

| Friday, March 28, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A married, same-sex couple in Ohio who had trouble getting family coverage under the federal health care law has dismissed their lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s gay marriage ban.

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear cases relating to employers’ religious beliefs

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases next week that test the degree to which employers may use their personal religious beliefs to deny certain health coverage for employees. Neither case involves any LGBT-related health coverage; but the decisions in both may affect whether employers will be able to cite religious beliefs to deny such services as alternative insemination and gender reassignment.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield cuts family policies for gay N.C. couples

| Sunday, January 26, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina's largest insurer has cancelled family insurance policies sold to 20 gay and lesbian couples on a federal insurance marketplace because of restrictive contract language the company plans to remove next year.

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N.M. insurance regulator orders equal coverage for married same-sex couples

| Wednesday, November 6, 2013
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Insurance companies in New Mexico must provide same-sex married couples with the same discounts and benefits offered to opposite-sex married couples, the state insurance regulator announced Wednesday.

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More companies offering health benefits to transgender workers

| Thursday, October 24, 2013
Jeff Chiu, APJamison Green, a transgender man who owns Jamison Green & Associates, a transgender benefit consulting firm, says part of the reason more companies don’t offer transgender benefits is that many are not aware that the insurance they’ve purchased excludes treatments for transgender employees.
WASHINGTON -- When Koset Surakomol decided to have a sex change operation, the company she worked for told her co-workers that the man they'd labored alongside for a dozen years should be addressed as a woman going forward.

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Duke University to offer health insurance coverage for transgender students

MATT COMER | QNotes | Wednesday, April 24, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University has announced it will begin offering student health insurance coverage for gender confirmation surgery. The university joins a handful of other institutions offering similar coverage, though the University of North Carolina System currently does not.

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