Wendi Kent identified herself as the woman led away by state police Wednesday after protesting at the Group Insurance Board and ETF meeting. Kent said on Facebook that when she started her lecture all of the board members were seated. But she became increasingly passionately vocal when her concerns were met with smirks as many left the room, with one notable exception.
Kent posted on Facebook that (she was at the) “…Sheraton which is where they held their meeting. This was a public part where people of the public were actually able to speak however they didn’t allow it at both this one and the last.”
Kent explained. “Before ACA, excluding trans health care was ok. After ACA, it was declared discriminatory and it was required so trans folks were able to get hormones and some surgeries through insurance. Now they are approving the reinstatement of the exclusion.
So now people insured through the state can not get trans care covered. It will be out of pocket.
That’s basically it minus the details about how they were able to get to this point.” Said Kent.
The Daily Beast reports that Wisconsin officially ended its exclusion of transgender-inclusive health benefits for state employees on Jan. 1, 2017.
But less than a month later they did an about face at the bequest of Governor Walker.
In a press release dated Feb. 1, the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) announced that the state had reinstated the previous exclusion in its employee health plan on any “procedures, services, and supplies related to surgery and sex hormones associated with gender reassignment,” effective immediately
The Wisconsin State Journal, a state consultant estimated the annual cost of covering transgender people under the plan to “range from $100,000 to $250,000” annually—less than two-tenths of 1 percent of the health program budget at most.
The only video presently available of the meeting was posted by the right-leaning Maciver institute.
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