MONTPELIER, Vt.- Vermont insurance regulators have clarified that insurance carriers must provide coverage for gender-affirmation surgery and other health care for transgender youth.
The clarification by the Department of Financial Regulation stems from a 2007 law that prohibits discrimination based on gender identity. In 2013, the state said the law also applies to gender-affirming health care, including surgery that is medically required.
The clarification comes after a series of complaints over the years from young Vermonters and their parents. Keith Goslant of the LGBTQIA Alliance of Vermont said many services required of transgender are not simply cosmetic or elective.
“I will tell you that if you’re looking at best practices in someone that is transgender, those are not elective, those are essential services to help you through that full gender-affirmation process,” he said.
The announcement comes as the Trump administration proposes rolling back similar gender identity protections under the Affordable Care Act.
Gov. Phil Scott applauded the clarification Monday.
“It is important for Vermonters to know their rights under Vermont law will remain in place regardless of federal action,” he said in a press release.