New HHS Guidance May Require Transgender Benefit Coverage

transhealth4Employee Benefits News reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services may soon require employer group health plans to cover transgender surgery and other health benefits under new ACA regulations issued by the Office of Civil Rights. The new requirements become effective on the first day of the first plan year occurring on or after Jan. 1, 2017.

Discrimination of employees based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability is strictly prohibited for any health program or activity receiving federal funding. As a result of the anti-discrimination policy, exclusions based on gender dysphoria and/or transition are longer be allowed. As a part of the new inclusion, providers are required to cover transgender surgery and other transgender health benefits on a non-discriminatory basis.

Not all employee group health plans will be subject to these new regulations. For information about compliance, view the full report from Employee Benefit News.transhealth

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