California Health Insurer Fined $200K for Not Covering Elective Sex Change Procedures

Aug 24, 2017 by

by Samuel Smith, Christian Post:

A California health insurer has been penalized with a hefty fine for refusing to cover sex-reassignment procedures.

The state’s Department of Managed Health Care, the entity responsible for overseeing health care plans in the state, has penalized the insurance company Health Net with a fine of $200,000 for violating a 2012 law called the Insurance Gender Nondiscrimination Act. The act bans health insurance companies from having line-item exclusions for gender transition treatments or procedures.

California was the first state to pass such a law and 15 other states have adopted similar legislation.

In 2013, the California Department of Managed Health Care clarified the law by ordering the removal of blanket exclusions in health plans based on gender identity, according to the Transgender Law Center.

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