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Brown University Takes a Big Step Forward in Transgender Inclusion

Brown University will join a handful of universities across the country that cover sex reassignment surgeries for transgender students.

Starting in August the Brown Student Health Plan will cover 14 different sex reassignment surgery procedures, many of which are prohibitively expensive without comprehensive insurance coverage.

Brown joins Cornell, Harvard, Stanford, Penn and a growing list of colleges and universities with health insurance policies that provide transgender-inclusive coverage.

These inclusive changes at universities mirror the progress in corporate America. In the 2013 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a record 287 major businesses reported coverage for transgender-inclusive health care.

In 2009 the HRC Foundation announced that earning 100 percent on the 2012 CEI would require employers to offer at least one firm-wide available health insurance plan that affords coverage for medically necessary transition-related care. Partnered with intensive educational and consultative efforts, these more stringent criteria led to a five-fold increase from 2009 to 2012 in the number of major U.S. employers affording transgender-inclusive health care coverage.

Learn more about the many forms of healthcare discrimination transgender people face and what employers can do to advocate on their behalf.

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