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Victory! Transgender Man Wins Health Insurance Coverage for Gender Transition

Victory! Transgender Man Wins Health Insurance Coverage for Gender Transition

Union Affirms Ongoing Coverage for Transition-Related Care in Health Plan

December 21, 2015 - TLDEF has secured insurance coverage for a transgender man’s medically necessary care after his union-sponsored health insurance plan refused to cover it. Adrian Sealy works in a Rochester, NY hospital as a cleaning and sanitation specialist. He is a member of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the nation’s largest union for health care workers. The union is self-insured for its workers’ health care.

Two years ago, Adrian began transitioning to live openly as male, changing his name and correcting legal documents. He began medical treatment, which included hormone therapy and a prescription for a hysterectomy. Earlier... more