Transgender The state sought health insurance plans with a gender reassignment exclusion, and coverage is restricted by the four approved insurance providers, the complaint said. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A Florida public defender and a University of Florida researcher claim their state employee health insurance plans illegally discriminate against them by denying coverage for gender reassignment surgery.

The federal lawsuit filed Monday in the Northern District of Florida claims the health plan violates the Civil Rights Act and equal protection clause by explicitly excluding coverage for “gender reassignment or modification services or supplies.”

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