JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Jersey City is expanding the health care it offers city workers to include coverage for transgender medical care and related procedures, including gender reassignment surgery, nj.com reports.
Mayor Steve Fulop made the announcement last week. City officials say Jersey City will be the first large city in the state, and one of a few in the nation, to offer such coverage.
“Government has a responsibility to be a legitimizing force, to pull people in the direction of what is right, especially on LGBT issues” Fulop said in a statement provided to the Jersey Journal. “We’re making sure that our transgender neighbors get the care they need.”
The city says expanding health care for transgender workers costs a fraction of one percent of the city’s current healthcare costs, nj.com reports.