D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Thursday announced that the city will recognize gender identity disorder as a medical condition and mandate insurance companies cover associated treatments — including gender-reassignment surgery.
The coverage extends to all insured city residents — including the roughly one-third of residents receiving Medicaid benefits — who are diagnosed by a doctor with the condition and for whom treatment is deemed medically necessary.
“This action places the District at the forefront of advancing the rights of transgender individuals,” Mr. Gray said during an announcement at his ceremonial office at city hall.
The move comes after city officials in March issued a bulletin notifying health insurers to remove language that discriminated on the basis of gender identity and expression from their policies in order to allow transgendered individuals to obtain medical benefits.
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