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Tufts University expands student healthcare plan to include gender reassignment surgery

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The Boston Globe
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April 30, 2013

Tufts University has adopted a new healthcare plan that includes benefits for transgender students, making Tufts the 37th university or college in the country to offer health insurance of this kind, according to university officials. Michelle Bowdler, the senior director of health and wellness services at Tufts, said that these benefits will include coverage of hormone treatment and gender reassignment surgeries. “These are needs that are absolutely a medical necessity,” she said Friday in a phone interview. Bowdler said that although only a small number of students will use these benefits, Tufts is an inclusive school and wants all its students to have access to a non-discriminatory health plan.