LGBTQ+

In a first, Colorado gets CMS approval to make gender-affirming care an essential health benefit

All individual and small group health plans in Colorado’s Affordable Care Act marketplace must cover a wide range of gender-affirming services, including breast/chest construction and reductions and laser hair removal, starting Jan. 1, 2023.

Lawsuit: Aetna fertility coverage policy “an illegal tax” on LGBTQ people

The lawsuit alleges that an Aetna policy discriminates against LGBTQ people by requiring them to pay thousands in out-of-pocket costs for fertility treatments before becoming eligible for coverage. Though Aetna has agreed to pay the costs incurred by the plaintiffs, the suit aims to strike down the policy as a whole.

State Farm Taps Included Health to Improve Healthcare Equity for LGBTQ+ Employees

What You Should Know: – Today,  State Farm announced that it is elevating care for LGBTQ+ employees through a new partnership with Included Health. As a free healthcare benefit, State Farm employees and their families now have access to a dedicated care coordinator who can help them find supportive, affirming healthcare providers and navigate healthcare challenges.   – Discrimination is rampant …

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ViewPoints Interview: BMS Foundation’s Patricia Mae Doykos Shares Insights on COVID Advocacy Exchange

In a recent interview with PharmaShots, Patricia Mae Doykos, Lead, Health Equity Initiative, and Director, BMS Foundation at Bristol Myers Squibb shared her views on the promotion of health equity and improvement in health outcomes of populations disproportionately affected by serious diseases and conditions. Shots: CAE is a virtual platform that convenes advocacy groups, patients, …

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