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Florida Transgender Employees Sue Over Insurance Exclusion

Jan. 13, 2020, 5:31 PM

A group of transgender state employees is suing Florida in federal court over its employer-sponsored health plans’ blanket exclusion for medically necessary gender-affirming health care.

Florida’s policy is unlawful sex discrimination in violation of Title VII and the Equal Protection Clause, a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida on Monday alleges.

Gender dysphoria is a medical condition related to the extreme distress experienced by some people whose sex doesn’t match that assigned at birth. It’s serious, but treatable through gender-affirming care, the complaint says.

Gender-affirming care may include counseling, hormone replacement therapy, and ...