Federal lawsuit challenges Tennessee ban on insurance coverage for state employees' transgender treatments [Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.]
May 25—NASHVILLE — Two women, one of them a
"It took years of careful consideration before I was finally in a position to move forward with surgical care, an important part of my transition," Zinner said in a news release. "Knowing that the only reason I can't get the care that my doctors and I have decided that I need is because I'm transgender is hurtful and makes me feel second class."
VanNess said working with students who have special needs was one of the greatest joys of her life, but it was "excruciating" to be denied coverage for needed health care simply because she is transgender.
The suit alleges when Story sought to have transition-related surgery after consultation with her doctor, her therapist and two surgeons, she was denied coverage because the state's program excludes medically necessary procedures for transgender people seeking transition-related care.
The 50-page suit says both plaintiffs require medically-necessary treatment for gender dysphoria, described as the "clinically significant distress" that can result from the "dissonance" between a transgender individual's gender identity and sex assigned at birth.
"This is a case about discrimination in employment, health care and education," the lawsuit says. "
Defendants in the suit include the state of
Other defendants listed in the suit include state Finance Commissioner
The litigation was filed by the
"The only reason the state of
Zinner and VanNess' attorneys argue in the suit that
"All mainstream medical associations, including the
Federal laws protect transgender people from workplace discrimination on the basis of sex,
"This lawsuit seeks to ensure that the state of Tennessee and its affiliates stop wrongfully excluding medically necessary transition-related care from their employee health care plans. Covington is very proud to partner with our co-counsel and clients in this important work," Teshima said.
Earlier this year, Lee signed into law several bills targeting the transgender community that were passed by fellow
Another law passed by
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