Duke University To Offer Health Insurance To Transgender Students

This is welcome news. Duke University will begin offering student health insurance coverage for gender reassignment surgery, joining just a handful of other institutions that offer similar coverage. The new plan, which will begin this fall,  will include up to $50,000 to cover reassignment surgery.

"'The addition of sexual reassignment surgery with a $50,000 cap makes Duke’s student health care plan one of the most, if not the most, transgender-inclusive plans in the country,'” Sunny Frothingham told The Chronicle. Frothingham is the incoming outreach chair of Blue Devils United, a campus LGBT undergraduate advocacy group.“This is a huge step forward for Duke.”

Blue Devils United President Jacob Tobia believes the new policy will be helpful in recruiting students.  “This is really important symbolically for the Duke community,” said Tobia. “I hope that this will help us remain really competitive as an institution when recruiting students, because I know that in the past we have had transgendered students that have been extremely successful at Duke, including merit scholars.”