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So I was just wondering if anyone has lobbied their companies for proper trans care on their plans?
My current company has great health coverage, and it does cover a portion of the transition surgeries, but not all of them. I am of the opinion that anything that can be deemed “medically necessary” should be covered. That would cover things like top and bottom surgery, some pieces of ffs, electrolysis, voice and tracheal surgeries, voice lessons, and possibly even body hair laser treatments. And I have talked to the health care providers that we use about coverages and most of this is covered under their basic ppo plans. But since my company is self insured, we have our own policy which mirrors a lot of theirs, but not all. Case in point is top surgery. For mtf and ftm it is covered under the public ppo, but only ftm is covered under ours. Why? Because breast augmentation for a cis female is not medically necessary unless there are extenuating circumstances such as cancer. At least for my plan. But for me it is a necessity to present as myself and limit my anxiety and dysphoria. Especially since I work with the public every day.
So my plan is to collect data from other trans individuals that have fought this battle already, gain the backing of both my union t6 council, and local political organizations that lobby for lbgtq+ imdividuals, and present to the company when I finally acquire my meeting with our ceo or board of directors. But I’ve never undertaken such a massive endeavor and if anyone has had any success or even just experience I would love to hear about it. I have found a good number of articles about people that have fought for this and won. Most required court or at least arbitration, but having those letters that deem these things “medically necessary” compounded on the fact that gender dysphoria is now widely accepted as a medical condition is really a killer when it comes to these stages.
Ok I am rambling now. Thanks for anyone who has any info at all that could help me in my undertaking. It is truly appreciated.
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