Vermont: Insurers can’t deny care for transgender youth

June 24, 2019 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is clarifying that insurers cannot deny coverage of gender confirmation health care because of the individual’s age.

Department of Financial Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak says Monday the state has been receiving complaints from young Vermonters and their parents that insurers have been denying such coverage.

A 2007 Vermont law prohibits discrimination based on gender identity. A 2013 state bulletin said that law applies to the coverage of medically necessary care including gender confirmation surgery.

Vermont updated that bulletin to clearly state that insurers cannot deny coverage of gender confirmation surgery due to age, unless there are other clinical factors.


Meanwhile, the federal government is proposing to roll back similar federal protections.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s administration proposes allowing individuals under age 21 to undergo gender-confirmation surgery through Medicaid.