LONG BEACH, Calif. — This Los Angeles County city, the seventh largest in the state, plans to soon offer trans-inclusive health care coverage for its municipal employees, the Long Beach Post, a regional news agency, reported last week.
One of the hurdles was that CalPERS — the California Public Employees’ Retirement System — had no extension for trans-inclusive health until June, when the board voted to implement it starting Jan. 1.
That made it possible for the municipality to extend its coverage. Long Beach already had a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Municipality Equality Index but an activist with the organization found some California municipalities, such as San Francisco and Berkeley, were scoring higher because they offered trans-inclusive health care on the municipal level. Once the CalPERS hurdle was overcome — which doesn’t apply to all California jurisdictions — Long Beach was able to extend its coverage, the Post article said.