July 24, 2013 at 3:20 pm EST | by Staff reports
Trans teen wins case against insurance carrier
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Miki Alexander Manigault, a trans teen, settles a discrimination complaint out of court after his insurance company refused to cover reconstructive chest surgery. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

FORT COLLINS, Colo. —  An undisclosed settlement has been reached between an 18-year-old trans man and Kaiser Permanente of Colorado in which the state’s Civil Rights Commission found there was “probable cause” that the man suffered discrimination and unequal access to health care because he’s trans, Solutions, a news agency project of the Buechner Institute for Governance at the School of Public Affairs (University of Colorado), reported last week.

The case was settled before it went to a planned June hearing, the article said. Kaiser, one of the state’s largest health insurance companies, agreed to work with the commission to work on trans health care coverage issues. The state’s Division of Insurance, under pressure from LGBT rights group One Colorado, issued a bulletin making it the third state (behind California and Oregon) to bar health insurance companies from discriminating against LGBT residents, the Solution article noted.

The plaintiff was Miki Alexander Manigault, who claimed Kaiser failed to cover chest reconstruction surgery his doctors deemed medically necessary, Solution reported. He and his mother filed a complaint in January 2012 when he was 17, the article said.

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