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January 9, 2013

LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — In December, 2012, the Oregon Insurance Division announced sweeping new protections for transgender Oregonians. This is an apparent follow-up to a 2007 law that bans discrimination against LGBT people. Private insurers will find loopholes to deny benefits/coverage for trans people throughly tightened.

The division’s bulletin states that denying trans people coverage would constitute gender identity discrimination. One Oregon LGBT publication (PQ Monthly) summed up a number of no-nos, including refusal to renew or cancellation of a policy, the setting of different rates,  “pre-existing conditions” disqualification, and the denial of GI related mental health services. A Think Progress report expands on this just a bit more and includes PQ Monthly’s summary in full: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/01/07/1405281/oregon-insurance-companies-can-no-longer-discriminate-against-transgender-people/

I had info on this earlier but the source was iffy. With the new sources, it does appear the division’s bulletin benefits trans people in powerfully positive way.

I’m also…

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