“Aetna Expands Coverage to Include a Gender-Affirming Procedure,” Bloomberg
January 26, 2021
Aetna, one of the largest U.S. health insurers, is expanding its coverage of gender-affirming surgeries to include breast augmentation for transgender women.
The change comes after a group of four transgender women challenged Aetna’s classification of breast augmentation as a cosmetic surgery that’s excluded from coverage. The women, who were aided by law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll and the nonprofit Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, had to persuade Aetna that the surgery was medically necessary.