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UIC student health insurance to cover sex-change operations

Updated: July 2, 2013 7:01AM

Beginning in the fall, student health insurance at the University of Illinois at Chicago will for the first time include coverage for sex-change operations, an option that university officials expect to be used by perhaps one student a year.

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees voted 6-2 Wednesday in favor of the change, which will increase the per semester cost for students by $4.50.

The gender-reassignment surgery would be considered an out-of-network benefit, with students picking up 30 percent of the cost. Some 11,000 UIC students enroll annually in the student CampusCare program, officials said.

Changes in health insurance packages are typically made “in consultation with student advisory groups,” said U. of I. spokesman Tom Hardy.

The sex-change option was added after reviewing other universities’ policies, including Northwestern University, which have similar coverage, officials said.

In all, 37 universities across the country have sex-change benefits.

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