Coalition decries decision by Blue Cross to eliminate coverage of gender reassignment surgeries – By Todd A. Heywood

A broad coalition of organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, The National Association of Social Workers, Transgender Michigan and others, are condemning a move by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to eliminate coverage for gender reassignment surgery. The new entity calls itself The Michigan Coalition for Gender Equality.

“We are concerned that BCBSM underestimates the profound impact of these medically necessary procedures,” said André Wilson of MCGE. “Gender reassignment surgeries can be a critical part of the transition process and these new exclusions will place many transgender individuals and their families at real risk.”