More employers are electing to cover gender reassignment surgeryOnline Only, Top Highlights Friday, December 9th, 2011
The number of U.S. companies choosing to cover the cost of gender reassignment surgery has nearly doubled from 2009, New York Daily News is reporting. The Human Rights Campaign reported Thursday that 207 of the 636 surveyed businesses provide or will start providing transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits. The increase in transgender benefits is well-received by candidates looking to undergo gender reassignment surgery.
Last year, 85 companies elected to cover gender reassignment surgery as a part of its benefit package. In 2009, only 49 employers elected to do so. Nearly a decade ago, gender reassignment surgery was an uncovered expense altogether.
“We really wanted to set a best-in-class standard for what it meant to provide the holistic class of LGBT inclusion in the workplace,” HRC spokesman Fred Sainz said.
The most LGBT-friendly corporations according to HRC include Apple, American Airlines, Kellogg, Chevron, Nordstrom, Office Depot, Raytheon, Whirlpool and Levi Strauss.
Among the corporations that expanded their insurance coverage this year are Apple, Chevron, General Mills, Dow Chemical, American Airlines, Kellogg, Sprint, Levi Strauss, Eli Lilly, Best Buy, Nordstrom, the U.S. division of Volkswagen, Whirlpool, Xerox, Raytheon and Office Depot.
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