Brown University plans to cover student sex change surgeries in its student health insurance plan. From the Brown Daily Herald story:
The Brown Student Health Insurance Plan will cover 14 different sexual reassignment surgery procedures starting in August, Director of Insurance and Purchasing Services Jeanne Hebert confirmed in an email to The Herald. The move makes Brown one of a handful of schools and healthcare providers nationwide to cover the surgeries. “We identified this as an important benefit for students to have access to,” Hebert wrote, adding that the change was in line with “Brown’s efforts to support all students.” The coverage will be funded through renewal rates paid for next year’s student healthcare coverage, she wrote. In general, the total package of sexual reassignment surgeries, hormone therapy and other services can cost up to $50,000.
Brown is a private college so it should be free to do as it pleases. But does anybody think that one day Obamacare won’t cover the costs associated with sex reassignment? San Francisco’s employee health insurance plan already does, and soon, it will be available to all residents covered under the city’s universal health care plan. Remember this truism: What happens in San Francisco doesn’t stay in San Francisco.