“the University of Arizona has not responded publicly to the lawsuit”
The argument here is that the school covers medically necessary hysterectomies but won’t do the same procedure for transgender purposes.
The College Fix reports:
University of Arizona professor sues state for not insuring ‘gender-confirming’ procedure
A transgender university professor has filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona for its “discriminatory” health insurance plan that does not cover hysterectomies for transgender individuals.
Russell Toomey, who teaches family studies and human development at the University of Arizona, worked with the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Arizona, and the Aiken Schenk Hawkins & Ricciardi P.C. law firm to file a class-action lawsuit against the state of Arizona and the Arizona Board of Regents, who manage the health insurance policy.
According to the lawsuit filed by Toomey: “The Plan provides coverage for the same hysterectomies when prescribed as medically necessary treatment for other medical conditions. But, the Plan categorically excludes coverage for hysterectomies when they are medically necessary for purposes of ‘[g]ender reassignment.’”
“On its face, the Plan discriminates against Dr. Toomey and other transgender employees ‘because of … sex’ in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and deprives Dr. Toomey and other transgender employees of equal treatment under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” the lawsuit continues.
The College Fix reached out to the Arizona Board of Regents for comment. A representative stated that the board does not comment on pending litigation. In an email to The Fix, Toomey said, “To my knowledge, the University of Arizona has not responded publicly to the lawsuit.”
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