Oregon to cover state employee sex-change surgery

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Benefits for Oregon state employees now include insurance coverage for sex-change surgery.

Public Employee Benefits Board Administrator Joan Kapowich says it will cover any operation a doctor says is medically necessary.

The Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/XCkYk7 ) the policy is a result of a settlement with a state employee who filed a discrimination suit after the employee was denied coverage in 2011 for a hysterectomy. The operation was recommended by a doctor for transition from a woman to a man.

The state settled out of court Jan. 14 and agreed to pay the employee $36,000.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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