Missoula city staff to research health plan for transgenders


MISSOULA, Mont. - The city of Missoula will research health care options for transgenders.

An employees' benefits committee found it too expensive, but some council members have been lobbying for it for some time. There's fresh momentum for the idea.

Council directed city staff to come up with a transgender health care proposal. They will look at costs for specific treatments for transgenders, like special counseling, hormone therapy and surgery.

The city has a nondiscrimination ordinance. Transgenders fall under its protection.

"Missoula took this stance that we were not going to discriminate against anyone," said Chief Administrative Officer Bruce Bender, "so therefore, internally our own health plan should not discriminate."

Bender expects coming up with the proposal will take a couple months.

A committee would review it and make its recommendation to the full council.

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