US: Cincinnati to cover transition-related procedures under health insurance

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Medically necessary transition-related procedures will be covered under Cincinnati, Ohio’s health insurance starting next year.

With the inclusion, Cincinnati will become the first city in Ohio to offer transition-related coverage in its health benefits.

For surgery to be deemed “medically necessary,” a professional mental health counselor has to sign off stating that the procedure is a necessity to the transgender individual.

Interim Cincinnati City Manager Scott Stiles, who initiated the insurance change, told “It is important that we provide necessary medical benefits to all of our employees.

“This positions us well for progress and keeps the City competitive as an employer.”

The new procedure-specific coverage includes a maximum lifetime coverage of $75,000 (£45,276) per person.

A study released today shows US LGBT adults are more likely to lack health insurance coverage than their non-LGBT counterparts.

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