Skip to comments.College Health Plans Respond as Transgender Students Gain Visibility
Posted on 02/13/2013 5:45:41 AM PST by reaganaut1
Over the last decade, as activists started pushing colleges to accommodate transgender students, they first raised only basic issues, like recognizing a name change or deciding who could use which bathrooms. But the front lines have shifted fast, particularly at the nations elite colleges, and a growing number are now offering students health insurance plans with coverage for gender reassignment surgery.
No college or university offered such treatment just six years ago, but when Brown University said last week that its student health plan would be extended to cover sex-change surgery beginning in August, advocates for transgender students said Brown would become the 36th college to do so. Twenty-five additional colleges do not cover surgery, but their student plans do cover related hormone therapy, and 20 universities have plans that cover some or all sex-change treatments for their employees, according to the Transgender Law and Policy Institute.
Those lists include many of the top American universities Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, Penn, Emory, Northwestern, the University of California system, Yale, Princeton, M.I.T., Washington University and others. Colleges are not required to provide health coverage for their students, many of whom are still covered by their parents plans, but they generally do.
The issue directly affects only a tiny number of students; no one knows how many. But universities recognize that their insurance plan sends a signal to the much larger number of students for whom the rights of transgender people have taken a place alongside gay rights as a cause that matters.
Students notice whether the issues that they care about, that make them feel like its a more comfortable and welcoming place, are being discussed and addressed, said Ira Friedman, a doctor who is associate vice provost for student affairs at Stanford
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Way to make the college health plan expensive.
Of course in the normal course of things, one would expect the most common high-cost medical care for young people to be pregnancy, rather than sex change operations.
However, when I was in college the first time, and again twenty years later, I never saw a pregnant student (except for me.)
These people are mentally ill. No question about it.
Even after the mutilation they’ll remain unhappy.