- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island state government employees will soon be receiving health care coverage for transgender surgeries and other sex change therapies.

Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Thursday the state’s employee health plan now covers both non-surgical and surgical treatments for gender identity disorder. That includes genital surgery, hormone-replacement therapy, psychotherapy and other related medical services.

Raimondo spokeswoman Ashley O’Shea says the benefit change is effective July 1 and will be available to over 13,000 state workers, as well as any dependents aged 18 years or older.

Department of Administration spokeswoman Brenna McCabe says the sex reassignment surgeries will be 100 percent covered for qualified patients after they meet their annual deductible.

In 2001, Rhode Island became the second state to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression.



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