Following an extensive internal review of health benefits along with discussions with transgender advocates, Oregon Health & Science University is increasing access to medically necessary care for transgender employees.
OHSU, Portland’s largest employer, joins several other notable Oregon organizations in making its employee health insurance coverage more inclusive, including the city of Portland, Multnomah County, Intel Corp. and New Seasons Market.
The change extends coverage for care related to gender transition. It also helps ensure barriers are removed when transgender individuals seek insurance coverage for health treatments related to, or unrelated to, their transgender status.
“One of OHSU’s core missions is to be a diverse organization that nurtures a community of inclusion,” said Dr. Norwood Knight-Richardson, OHSU senior vice president and chief administrative officer. “Expanding services to include transgender benefits affirms our commitment to further enhancing a diverse and inclusive environment at OHSU.”