Duke Raises Fees to Provide Sex Change Surgery to Students

3 May

Sexual reassignment surgery for transgendered students will be covered in students’ health care plans, starting this fall:

Administrators signed a new contract with Duke’s health insurance provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, that will include up to $50,000 to cover sexual reassignment surgery, Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek confirmed. With this new coverage, she said, all vital aspects of transgender health care—counseling, hormone therapy, and surgery—are now included in students’ plans.

“The addition of sexual reassignment surgery with a $50,000 cap makes Duke’s student health care plan one of the most, if not the most, transgender-inclusive plans in the country,” said junior Sunny Frothingham, the incoming outreach chair for Blue Devils United. “This is a huge step forward for Duke”…

…The additional coverage will have a “minimal” impact on cost to students, Wasiolek said. The coverage will cause a 0.3 percent increase to student costs…

…Tobia added that this inclusion is one step to further ensure that students spanning the LGBT community feel welcome at Duke.”

Interesting.  I wonder if Duke would ever consider taking a “step to further ensure” that Conservative students feel welcome there?  I won’t hold my breath.

Yale University will now cover sex change operations as well.

Priorities.

 

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