NEW YORK — When Brown University in Providence, R.I., announced last week it would extend health care coverage to transgender students to provide for their gender reassignment surgery, it became the 36th college to do so, the New York Times reported. Just six years ago, no U.S. colleges offered the benefit.
Another 25 colleges don’t cover surgery but have student plans that cover hormone therapy. Another 20 universities have plans that cover some or all sex-change treatments for their employees, the Times reported citing information from the Transgender Law and Policy Institute.
Those lists include many of the top American universities — Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, Penn, Emory, Northwestern, the University of California system, Yale, Princeton, M.I.T., Washington University and others, the Times reported. Colleges are not required to provide health coverage for their students, many of whom are still covered by their parents’ plans, but they generally do, the article said. These are typically schools that, five or 10 years ago, took smaller first steps to accommodate trans students such as allowing trans women to have female roommates and use the women’s restroom, the Times reported.