May 28, 2014 | by Staff reports
Rochester to cover transgender services

Rochester, New York, gay news, Washington BladeROCHESTER, N.Y. — The city of Rochester will add transgender health care benefits for employees and their families starting on Jan. 1, 2015, the Rochester City Newspaper reports.

The new coverage means that services related to gender reassignment procedures such as medical and psychological counseling, hormone therapy and reconstructive surgeries will be covered by insurance. To receive the benefits, employees will have to purchase an enhanced coverage plan, the paper said.

The City of San Francisco has offered the benefits since 2001and studies show that about 3 percent of the city’s employees use them.

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