The City of Chicago will provide insurance coverage for gender reassignment services for its employees and their dependents, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The decision to implement this change came as a result of the ACLU of Illinois raising the issue with the City, after hearing reports of a City employee who had been denied coverage for gender affirming services under the City’s insurance plan. The Sun-Times spoke with the Director of the ACLU of Illinois' LGBT and HIV Project, John Knight:

“More and more cities, states, private employers and the federal government have gotten rid of these outdated policy exclusions that make no sense, from either a medical or an economic standpoint. It’s wonderful news that Chicago employees will now have access to the gender affirming care they need.”

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