Starbucks announced Monday that it is expanding health insurance benefits for its transgender employees.
Starbucks previously only covered gender reassignment surgery for its transgender employees in its healthcare plan, but recently announced expanding its coverage.
“Starbucks was not afraid to ask all the right questions and demand that people get the best possible care,” said Jamison Green, former president at the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, an organization that assisted Starbucks in its new policy. “We produced a list of the most crucial benefits and those that are deemed problematic to insurance companies, such as facial feminization and electrolysis.”
Alyssa Brock and Ron Crawford, president and vice president of benefits at Starbucks, contacted the World Professional Association for Transgender Health last year for consultation on translating recommendations for transgender health care into policy.
“The approach was driven not just by the company’s desire to provide truly inclusive coverage, and by powerful conversations with transgender partners about how those benefits would allow them to truly be who they are,” Crawford said in an article published on the Starbucks Newsroom site.
With suicide rates so high for trans people, access to gender-affirming procedures have the possibility to be a life-saving procedure for trans people.
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