Board votes to again cover gender identity-related health services for state employees


The board that controls state employees' health benefits has voted to again cover gender identity-related benefits and services.
The vote comes after the Group Insurance Board opted to do so in July 2016, before rolling back the call in early 2017.
Wednesday's narrow 5-4 decision comes as the Department of Employee Trust Funds in a memo earlier this month wrote that the "legal landscape regarding transgender health care and transgender rights generally has developed" in the two years since the GIB originally took up the issue.
"In addition, coverage by other employers has changed, and the Boar...

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