COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Effective today, Equitas Health has added expanded its health coverage for transgender and gender non-conforming employees. The non-profit organization worked closely with its benefit manager (The SEBO Group) and insurance carrier (Medical Mutual of Ohio) to expand healthcare coverage to become one of the first companies to offer this type of inclusive coverage in Ohio, covering its 360 employees.
Operations added to the Equitas Health employee plans include:
- Breast augmentation
- Certain types of electrolysis
- Facial feminization or masculinization
- Forehead contouring
- Mandible reconstruction
- Trachea shave
- Brow lift
- Cheek augmentation
- Face lift or liposuction in conjunction with other procedures
Other companies are also responding to the need and expanding coverage. Starbucks recently announced its own expansion of transgender employee health care benefits to include procedures previously deemed as cosmetic including breast augmentation and hair transplants.
President and CEO of Equitas Health, Bill Hardy, says "As a nonprofit healthcare system we are proud to be leading on this front, health equity is a collective responsibility; we call on others to join us in providing transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage."
Equitas Health is the largest provider of LGBTQ healthcare services in Ohio and is among the largest of its type in the U.S.
For more information, visit: http://equitashealth.com/
ABOUT EQUITAS HEALTH
Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio) is a regional not-for-profit community-based healthcare system founded in 1984. Its expanded mission has made it one of the nation's largest HIV/AIDS, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questions (LGBTQ) healthcare organizations. With 15 offices in 11 cities, it serves more than 67,000 individuals in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia each year through its diverse healthcare and social service delivery system focused around: primary and specialized medical care, retail pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, HIV/STI prevention, advocacy, and community health initiatives.
The Equitas Health Pharmacy operates as a social enterprise for Equitas Health and is one of the pillars of the healthcare organization's patient-centered care model. 100% of pharmacy profits are reinvesting back into the organization's programs and services, providing and earned income revenue line for the organization while provide a critical service for the community. For more information, visit equitashealth.com.
Laura Mesones, 614-987-5239
SOURCE Equitas Health