Two transgender professors at the University of Wisconsin — with the help of the ACLU, of course — have filed a lawsuit against the UW-system and its medical insurers over their refusal to shell out money for gender reassignment surgeries.
Shannon Andrews, a research assistant at the UW School of Medicine, and Alina Boyden, a teaching assistant at UW-Madison, were both born males and identify as female. Andrews paid for her reassignment surgery out-of-pocket, but then insurers refused to compensate her for the bill. Boyden has not yet undergone the gender reassignment operation because she knows the bills will not be reimbursed by insurers.
Andrews made the following statement:
“Many people can relate to paying into an insurance plan only to be told that the treatment they need is not covered. But when the reason you are denied coverage is because of who you are, it is even more painful. And it’s clearly discrimination.”
The lawsuit states:
“As a result of (state policies), plaintiffs’ health insurance plans single out transgender employees for unequal treatment by categorically depriving them of all medical care for gender dysphoria, a serious medical condition codified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and International Classification of Diseases.”
“[W]hen the reason you are denied coverage is because of who you are, it is even more painful.”
Gov. Scott Walker’s spokesperson released the following statement:
“We believe the policy adopted by the (state) is a reasonable measure that protects taxpayers from funding sex changes for state employees and complies with both state and federal law.”
The state of Wisconsin has kept gender reassignment surgery off insurance mandates for years, but there was a debate to add it to covered surgeries this past year. It was ultimately decided to continue to be kept uninsured.
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(H/T The Blaze)