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Portland Adopts Trans-Inclusive Health Care Benefits

Portland Adopts Trans-Inclusive Health Care Benefits

This week saw Portland Mayor Sam Adams bring forth and unanimously pass an ordinance granting inclusive health care for transgender City of Portland employees.

This change will allow for health insurance coverage for the treatment of gender identity disorder, including any surgeries that may be needed to complete gender transition. 

From Portland Online:

“To the trans community of Portland, who each and every day makes this city a better place, it is my honor and privilege to serve on a city council that can bring an ounce of fairness in return,” Mayor Adams said. All Commissioners offered passionate commentary. Commissioner Amanda Fritz said: “I appreciate living in a city and serving on a City Council where we look at what is the right thing to do…even though it may not be politically popular.


The American Medical Association (AMA) has identified transgender health care as being medically necessary. In 2008, the AMA passed a resolution supporting public and private health insurance coverage for treatment of gender identity disorder and opposing the “exclusions of coverage for treatment of gender identity disorder when prescribed by a physician.” The City already provides coverage for all employees (including transgender employees) for prescription medications, office visits and mental health treatments and other benefits. To truly provide medically necessary benefits that meet the needs of the City’s transgender employees, this recommendation adds coverage for the services required to complete gender transition.

Commissioner Nick Fish said: “This City does not discriminate; it does not make judgments about people’s status. I believe today is a leadership moment, with the mayor leading us effectively on this issue and I am proud, as a member of this community, to vote aye.”

The cost projection for adding gender reassignment treatment remains low, with the Portlander quoting estimations that at $32,302 out of a total $41,615,000 CityCore Cost Projection for 2011-12, the change will result in just a .08 percent increase.

This move puts Portland among a select few number of jurisdictions to offer such inclusive healthcare plans for trans citizens. These include Multnomah County and San Francisco, with Seattle currently debating whether to offer similar benefits. It is estimated that 22% of Fortune 100 Companies offer inclusive healthcare for trans employees.

In other LGBT health care news, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) is eying coming tax reform legislation to move his own tax bill that would help tackle the inequity same-sex couples face in employer-provided health care benefits. Read more on that here.

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6:15PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Thank you.

6:14PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Thank you.

6:14PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Thank you.

6:13PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Thank you.

6:13PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Thank you.

6:12PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Thank you.

11:17PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

"When I think of Portland OR, I think of lumber and fog, might be time for a visit."

Heh yeah.
Portland has neither lumber nor fog.
We do have lots of trees though.
And rain.
Also, I believe, the most strip clubs per capita in the US, and the same or close to it for microbreweries as well, both of which contribute to it being a great place as far as I'm concerned, even though I don't like beer and parts of downtown kinda stink like hops.. but many people seem to like that.
And yeah, as somebody else said, one of the more cycling-friendly cities you'll find in the US and it's nice to be able to catch a bus or light rail home (or close to it) from the clubs and bars at 2am for a couple bucks instead of taking a taxi or hoping a friend isn't too messed up to drive.
My favorite thing though is just the diversity and acceptance.
If people would just learn to merge and not tailgate... lolz

Anyway, thanks Mayor Adams!

6:38AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

Portland, make a difference.

1:32PM PDT on Jun 14, 2011


2:07PM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

That's good!

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