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Carefirst expands coverage to transgender patients

Carefirst expands coverage to transgender patients

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the state's largest insurer, is expanding coverage so gender reassignment surgery is covered for transgender customers in Maryland.

The insurer is eliminating language from its policies that denied coverage for any “treatment leading to or in connection with transsexualism, or sex changes or modifications, including, but not limited to surgery.”

CareFirst worked with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to broaden its coverage after the group FreeState Legal filed an insurance discrimination claim against the insurer on behalf of a client that was denied coverage for transition-related procedures.

The change was...