Starbucks Will Pay for Trans Employee Surgeries

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Coffee chain Starbucks announced a health care package for transgender staff — including procedures that are typically excluded by insurers.

The coverage is extended to now include top surgeries in the form of breast reduction or augmentation, hair removals or transplants and facial feminization, according to LGBTQ Nation.

Insurers typically refuse to cover them because they consider these procedures cosmetic.

“The approach was driven not just by the company’s desire to provide truly inclusive coverage, and by powerful conversations with transgender partners about how those benefits would allow them to truly be who they are,” said Starbucks Vice President of Benefits Ron Crawford according to PinkNews. “You have to think of it from an equity perspective.”

The chain will also help their transgender employees find doctors and healthcare providers.

Starbucks has covered bottom surgery since 2012, making it one of the first national employers to cover bottom surgery in the United States.

“Nobody else is doing this,” he said of their extended coverage. “We would love to see more employers doing this.”


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