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Hawaii passes legislation that requires insurance companies to cover gender-affirming care

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Hawaii passed a bill that requires insurance companies to cover gender-affirming care. On 8 March, the state’s House of Representatives passed the HB 2405 bill by a nearly unanimous vote.

Under the legislation, health insurance companies would be barred from denying coverage of procedures that would currently be deemed “cosmetic” for trans individuals. “The legislature finds that many transgender persons have experienced discriminatory treatment from health insurance providers when seeing coverage for gender-affirming treatments,” the bill said.

The bill is now headed to Hawaii’s Senate for further deliberation. If the bill progresses, procedures like facial surgeries, hair removal, mastectomies, hysterectomies, breast augmentations and vocal surgeries would be covered by medical insurers.

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