A campus-wide email sent last week to over 11,000 Yale students, the Ivy League school announced its plan to add sex-reassignment surgery to the healthcare plan offered to students, according to Huffington Post. Yale joins a list of 36 other colleges and universities that already cover the procedure, including Brown University and Duke.
University spokesman Tom Conroy told the Yale Daily News the decision came after similar coverage was provided to the school’s staff.
““This additional student coverage follows a period of several years when similar coverage was provided to Yale employees,” Conroy said. It made sense, after appropriate study, to bring the student coverage in line with Yale’s belief that, in some circumstances, sex-reassignment surgery is medically necessary and appropriate.”
The Daily News reports that each procedure will be approved on an individual basis, but the school will use commonly accepted guidelines that generally require a mental health assessment and a period of hormonal therapy and/or living in the desired gender role.
The coverage change will go into effect August 1.