The Nashville Board of Benefits Reconsiders Gender Affirming Care Coverage

The Metro Employee Benefits Board of Nashville is once again considering a plan to expand employee health insurance to cover gender-affirming surgery for employees, but skeptics say it could be discriminatory for other employees or could get in conflict with the state’s new restrictive laws on such medical care.

The council, which is expected to vote on the issue next month, heard from transgender city employees and religious and medical experts affiliated with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He also received a letter of support from Mayor John Cooper.

Nashville City Hall.

Cooper and the board’s supporters noted that many large companies already offer gender-affirming assistance to their employees. The Human Rights Campaign Foundations Corporate Equality Index found last year that 91 percent of the companies it evaluated offered “transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits.”

“We must demonstrate that we are not only a welcoming city to our visitors, but also to our residents and employees,” Cooper wrote. “Only then will Metro be able to attract and retain the diverse, creative and innovative talent it needs to succeed in the future and compete with our peer cities for top-notch talent. Include gender-affirming assistance at the Metro’s internal health coverage plans would allow Metro to catch up with Nashville’s major employers”.

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