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A federal judge in Washington state ruled on Dec. 19 that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois discriminated against transgender individuals by denying coverage for medically necessary gender-affirming care in its administration of employer-provided ERISA health plans.

​​”Blue Cross, as a third party administrator, is a covered entity under Section 1557 and has discriminated against the plaintiffs and the class plaintiffs by denying them services for gender affirming care under individual and class plaintiffs’ insurance policies,” the judge writes.

 

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