US: Cincinnati to cover transition-related procedures under health insurance
Medically necessary transition-related procedures will be covered under Cincinnati, Ohio’s health insurance starting next year.
With the inclusion, Cincinnati will become the first city in Ohio to offer transition-related coverage in its health benefits.
For surgery to be deemed “medically necessary,” a professional mental health counselor has to sign off stating that the procedure is a necessity to the transgender individual.
Interim Cincinnati City Manager Scott Stiles, who initiated the insurance change, told Cincinnati.com: “It is important that we provide necessary medical benefits to all of our employees.
“This positions us well for progress and keeps the City competitive as an employer.”
The new procedure-specific coverage includes a maximum lifetime coverage of $75,000 (£45,276) per person.