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Major Companies Covering More And More Transgender Ops!

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Transgender Surgery Insurance Being Covered

Very cool!

Gender Identity Disorder is a major problem for a lot of people.

That's why it's pretty great news to hear that more and more major company insurance plans are covering some or all of a transgender operation!

Here are some of the companies that offer coverage in some way:

"American Express, Kraft Foods, AT&T, Yahoo!, Eastman Kodak, Sears, Morgan Stanley, Price Waterhouse, General Motors and State Farm are among 85 large businesses and law firms that cover the cost of at least one surgery, according to a 2010 survey by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay rights group."

Good! This is DEF a right step in the direction for equality!

It really is fab to see major corporations doing things like this.

One reason they could have been holding back:

"The big misconception is we are going to go broke and all these transgender people are going to come out of the woodwork asking for gender reassignment surgery."

When in fact it's more common for things like appendicitis, for sure!

It's just, like they say, a big misconception. When it comes to the series of very expensive procedures, we can see why they've held off while they had the wrong idea about GID.

It's always nice when we get to bring out information like this!

What do U think??

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36 comments to “Major Companies Covering More And More Transgender Ops!”

  1. 1

    Insurance to cover elective surgery. This won't proliferate. Nothing can go wrong here.

  2. 2

    Equality for whom ? Why don't you tell what insurance companies don't cover like mammograms and weight loss clinics to name a few items. Parading around on the trans-gender ban wagon only hides the issues of insurance plans !

  3. 3

    I'm confused, and I'm not being snarky. Most "disorders" are treatable; usually by some kind of therapy and/or medication. I don't understand how gender identity disorder can be treated with "gender reassignment" surgeries, because the DNA remains the same. We can't create fake men from biological women (yes, I'm talking to YOU, Chastity Bono); those "reassigned" genders don't have the biological functions of born males and born females. Equality doesn't come into the equation, Perez; it's a case of artificiality and at the end of the day, if you're a man who's been cosmetically turned into a woman or a woman turned into a man, you're still what you were before the surgery. So how does surgery resolve gender identity issues, if the surgery is largely superficial?

  4. 4

    Oh damn I got a peen instead of a vag! You know what? That ain't gonna kill you. What is going to kill you is what the insurance provider did to my sister and told her they would pay for a lumpectomy instead of a mastectomy because her cancer was small and hadn't spread and guess what? The cancer came back. Gee, too bad she didn't want her peen turned into a vag, then the insurer would have covered it. If the TGs want switched, go for it, but not on my dime. Having the wrong parts isn't going to kill you. And don't even tell me about it making someone kill themselves because that is their choice.

  5. 5

    Gender is superficial? You honestly believe that? It's one of our most defining characteristics, no matter how modern you are in regard to gender equality. How uncomfortable would you feel if you suddenly woke up tomorrow in a body that was the opposite sex you are today? You know who you are on the inside, but your body doesn't match. This is hardly cosmetic, and can be life changing for those who need it.

    I work for a company with over 200,000 employees, and we cover sexual reassignment surgery. The business case is so simple and overwhelmingly in favor of including this coverage, that even companies who aren't interested in "taking a stance" can add it to their coverage. With over 200,000 employees, estimations from research and employees who choose to self-identify project that this is a need for maybe a dozen or so employees? It's so insignificant a cost compared to other plan changes that people often mention as "more important".

    It's ultimately up to companies and their employees (or unions) to negotiate health coverage and who is going to pay for what. But when you look at covering SRS, it's too rare an issue to make an impact financially. Corporations should be leaving the medical assessment to medical professionals.

    Thanks for highlighting this Perez! (Even though the HRC sucks!)

  6. 6

    J.Lo? Is that you?

  7. 7

    I don't understand how someone can use the "born that way" rationale to explain homosexuality (which is correct IMO), then be so accepting of changing the way one was born.

    Gender reassignment is as perverse as believing that homosexuality can be cured.

  8. 8

    Re: drewpi – Your reading comprehension skills need work. I said that the REASSIGNMENT SURGERY produces superficial results. And the results ARE fake. You can have surgery to make you look like a member of the opposite sex, but in the end, your DNA says otherwise. Even after surgery, your body STILL won't "match" who you think you are on the inside. Can a woman go through to look like a male actually function as a male? Does she produce sperm? Next time please read what's written.

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  10. 10

    Re: Harry is baaack

    No, it's Miriam Rivera, the star of "There's something about Miriam"

  11. 11

    OMG. I thought that was J.Lo too.
    I cannot say what people feel when they are in this situation but I was curious as well as how do things change as mentioned if your DNA is still the same? You are only changing your parts and look but your genetic makeup is still the same. Is this more of a mental thing? Where now you feel your outside matches how you feel inside? Obviously insurance companies do make their own decisions. I was just looking to get a little backround into the subject.

  12. 12

    I am sorry but to me this is ridiculous especially since I work as a Social Worker and SO MANY of my clients have severe mental and physical illnesses and they are UN-insured and get the minimal assistance out there.

    I don't get it and I don't understand it - reassignment is costly and HOW in the world can this be justified?? I have a real problem when my deathly ill clients cannot get coverage and I hear this….sorry.

    I wish these health insurance companies would assist those who are sick and needy.

  13. 13

    Re: lynn72 – That was my point … you can get some of your parts changed, but you're always going to be how you're born. I don't have anything against the surgery, and if the effects are psychological, and that's enough for the patient, then so be it. But if the point for the patient is that he/she will feel better because he/she is now the opposite sex, the truth is that the actual gender hasn't changed. It's all cosmetic illusion.

  14. 14

    I'm sorry but if you're born a male then you're male whether you like it or not. You may be gay and prefer other males and that's fine but you're still a male. You can also get all the surgeries that you (and now apparently your employer) can afford BUT YOU'RE STILL A A MALE.

  15. 15

    How about instead of surgeries these employers pay for therapy for these people?

  16. 16

    Yet I can't get glasses.

  17. 17

    If my insurance company starts to cover something like this, they'd better be willing to pay for my face lift and boob job, too. Elective surgery at it's finest shouldn't be limited to tran gender. Most ridiculous thing I ever heard!

  18. 18

    So insurance companies are offering to pay for elective gender reassignment- but people still get denied coverage for cancer treatments? How exactly is this equality!?!

  19. 19

    you know, Perez, you really do not get the credit you deserve for providing a really good news outlet for this type of story. even when you were meaner, I would always come to your site for just solid plain good news reporting for Gay issues, and entertainment issues. nice job !!!

  20. 20

    Re: Harry is baaack – not harry, dont even pretend to be him, cause i know for a fact you are not him

  21. kch says – reply to this


    Thanks for proclaiming this good news, Perez, because judging from the comments only about 5% of the people would've known if you hadn't said. So are you going to get a real job, now that you know you can have your wee-wee re-arranged to look like a vee-jay? Every instance I've seen where people have had these surgeries, they appear to feel slightly better for a while, but their lonely life does not change. Agree that the medical healthcare dollars should be allocated where there is real need. These people really need a shrink, not a scalpel.

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  23. 23

    How can this be covered and infertility not?
    Women don't ask to be infertile, Just like TD's don't ask to be born into the wrong body.

  24. 24

    If I worked at one of those companies, I'd be looking for another job. "Gender Identity Disorder" should not be treated with a VERY expensive surgery, it should be treated with psychiatric therapy. It is a mental disorder. No one is born into the wrong body. If someone wants to save their money or take out a loan to have their genitals altered, then so be it, but for a company's insurance policy to cover it is ABSURD!

    If someone has multiple personality disorder/schizophrenia, you don't issue them identification and social security numbers for every personality. You get them psychiatric help.

    This is apalling.

  25. 25

    Come on! If the effects of a surgery like this are not medically beneficial or lifesaving - if they are purely psychological - having it covered by insurance is ridiculous. I am a college student, in debt because of health problems, and my insurance won't cover half of the invasive testing or medications I need. I struggle on a daily basis with this, and to think that something like THIS would be covered is unbelievable to me. If the effects of surgery are psychological - why not treat using psychological treatments??

  26. 26

    Gender Identity Disorder is, as the name says it, a mental disorder like many others. And the way to treat a mental disorder is with intense psychotherapy and meds and not by turning a person into something they aren´t and never will be. So I guess if we follow this line of thought Perez, pyromaniacs should be encouraged to set things and places on fire to treat their problem and anorexic people should be told to stop eating. Believing to be a woman trapped in a man´s body or vice-versa is something that seems true in the mind of a sick person just like bipolar people have hallucinations or people with anorexia believe they are overweight. Healthcare coverage for sex reassignment surgery is just wrong, paying for mentally ill people to have their bodies butchered and mutilated when the only real problem is in their heads. As others have mentioned here, people die everyday b/c insurance doesn´t cover what is needed in real life threatening situations, so it´s just sad to see that everything is so fucked up. this does not deserve any good press.

  27. 27

    No, this is not a step in the right direction for 'equality'.

    I cannot fully express my anger that insurance companies cannot provide coverage for abortions because of government restrictions, yet they're willing to cover costly sex change operations.

    This is absolutely shameful.

  28. 28

    Um…. that person in the picture does not work for a major company. She looks like hooker. Who dresses like that?

  29. 29

    Re: JigSaw – how do you know? you blew him last night?

  30. 30

    La Garse:

    Gender Identity Disorder or also known as Gender Dysphoria is a condition when a child is developing in the womb of the mother where the portion of the brain that controls your gender/gender identity (and yes, there are differences between a male and female brain) develops as one gender and the body develops as the opposite gender. This is where the disconect exists.

    You can not change or retrain the brain to change genders, just as you cant retrain a gay person to be straight. You cant change the brain to match the body, so the diagnosis doctors and psychitrists have come up with is to change the body to match the brain. Its a very real condition and very troublesome for those who have to deal with it.

    I know, because I am a young transgender female myself. I work in business and I'm well-educated, far from the stereotypes people see and I'm not looking for a hand out. I paid for my surgery myself with the help of my parents, but I'm in the minority; it is very very expensive and there are many who cant afford it.

  31. 31

    La Garse…I'm not looking to take anything away from anyone else, all I've ever wanted was to be like any other girl. I know I cant bear children, and its been a difficult thing for me to handle, but I have to deal with it the best I can. My friends remind me that there are naturally born women who unfortunately cant have children either, so I suppose I'm not alone in that regard.

    I'm not open at my job, because living openly as a transgender female would endanger my career and would give me more grief than anything else. Primarily because of the ignorance and prejudice coming from people just like you. For most transgender people, we just want to find our small slice of happiness and to not be bothered. Unlike gay people, who can now fortunately live more openly and be less prejudged about it, for transgender people prejudice is just too harsh and painful to even have that option of being open or not. I'm just glad to see some things moving in the right direction for trans community.

  32. 32

    Most of the comments here are from hateful stupid idiots who don't know what they're talking about.

    Gender reassignment has been proven as an effective treatment for people with severe gender dysphoria and private and public funding insurance companies are urged to support it by the AMA, APA, WPATH, etc. It it not considered experimental, cosmetic, or medically unnecessary. It reduces the need for ongoing psychotherapy and anti-depressants (which are not effective) and improves functioning for severely dysphoric trans people. The cost of trans medicine is about .001% and is cost effective because it increasing functioning in patients.

    Chromosomes are NOT the end all be all for gender, although it is a factor obviously, and they are totally irrelevant to identity, experience, and most day to day life. To reject a trans person's identity because they cannot reproduce is incredibly stupid since many non-trans people cannot reproduce and you don't challenge their identities or call them fake men or women.

    For those saying being born with the wrong body parts doesn't affect one's susceptibility to depression and suicide, you are sorely mistaken. All the evidence, anecdotal, empirical, and otherwise disagree with you.

    Please learn the basics of the issue before making imbecilic responses.

  33. 33

    I think some people are confusing the issue here. What we're talking about here is PRIVATE CORPORATIONS that decide to provide ELECTIVE coverage in their PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS to EMPLOYEES.

    Those of you that are saying, "My [insert condition] should be covered before transgender health issues," are missing the point. All you have to do to get your [insert condition] covered is go to work for one of these private companies and guess what, it will be covered. Cadillac-style health insurance like that offered by these companies is the best in the world!

    Those of you that have been screwed by your insurance company should probably read the exclusions list. Guess what, "transgender" care isn't included on your policy. Any transgender person that is on your health insurance plan is getting screwed exactly the same as you are. The nature of cheap insurance is to deny claims, cut costs, and screw (and kill) people. Don't worry, transgender people are getting screwed by those same companies on those same plans.

    Certainly you're not all arguing that a private company shouldn't be able to buy whatever private coverage for their employees that they want. That's silly.

  34. 34

    This is Bullshizz. Equality is providing ins. cov. to the employees sig. other. NOT covering elective surgeries for people who don't feel like they can embrace THE WAY THEY WERE BORN. I never quite embraced my nose and would feel more comfortable with a different one. Does that work too?

  35. 35

    Hate to be cynical but think maybe these companies cover this procedure because it's so rare that they will have someone with this disorder. If we are going to congratulate them we have review coverage for more common illness, like cancer and heart disease.

  36. 36

    Re: Harry is baaack – no, because i know harry, and you are not him. how pathetic, you have to ride off someone elses rep cause you suck