From labor disputes cases to labor and employment publications, for your research, you’ll find solutions on Bloomberg Law®. Protect your clients by developing strategies based on Litigation...
By Jacquie Lee
UNITE HERE HEALTH expanded insurance coverage for services specific to transgender workers at the beginning of the year, the union announced Jan. 31.
Employees of the union already had the benefit. The expansion means the 220,000 UNITE HERE members and their dependents who are eligible for health-care coverage can avail themselves of the new benefit, UNITE HERE HEALTH told Bloomberg Law.
“We didn’t create the benefit because of high demand but because of principles,” the health provider’s spokeswoman said.
The benefit is available to patients being treated for gender dysphoria. It covers costs related to surgery, hormone therapy, counseling, doctors’ appointments, and lab work.
The expansion comes after the Trump administration announced that it’s providing more civil-rights protections for health-care workers who refuse to perform certain procedures they feel violate their moral or religious beliefs. Doctors, nurses, and other health-care workers can file a complaint with a new civil rights division within the Department of Health and Human Services if they feel they’ve been forced to violate their moral code of conduct.
The division, which was unveiled Jan. 18, has gotten pushback from LGBTQ advocates who fear the new protections will allow hospital staff to discriminate against gay, lesbian, and transgender patients.
If a doctor refused to treat a transgender union member because the doctor believed doing so would violate his or her religious or moral beliefs, UNITE HERE HEALTH would help the patient find another physician, the spokeswoman said.
UNITE HERE HEALTH is run by a board made up of both employers and union representatives. Both sides voted to expand these benefits.
People covered by the UHH plan are eligible for transgender benefits only if they’ve been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, according to the guidelines. The benefits also cover children or dependents of union members, although a person has to be 18 or older to qualify for surgery.
The union hopes the extended benefits will help close the economic gap between transgender workers and their colleagues, the spokeswoman said.
“Receiving these benefits through UNITE HERE HEALTH represents a crucial step in achieving greater equality for our members,” she said.
UNITE HERE represents workers across the hospitality, gaming, and food service industries.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)