University of Wisconsin Researcher Files Complaint for Being Denied Coverage of Sex Change Operation

Andrews-compressedMILWAUKEE, Wisc. — A medical researcher at the University of Wisconsin has filed a discrimination complaint for being denied coverage for a sex change operation.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed the complaint on Tuesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of a cancer researcher at the University of Wisconsin Medical School who goes by the name Shannon Andrews.

Andrews’ complaint is lodged against both the school and WPS Insurance, as the university’s employee plans exclude “procedures, services, and supplies related to surgery and sex hormones associated with gender reassignment.”

Andrews, 34, who was born a male but identifies as a woman, told reporters this week that he has struggled with his gender identity since he was 15. Due to problems with anxiety and depression over the matter, Andrews decided last year to change his appearance into that of a woman.

“It came to a point where this has to change or I’m going to have worse health problems,” he told the Wisconsin State Journal.

But when Andrews went to have the operation, he learned that it wouldn’t be covered under the group policy and consequently paid for the operation himself.

The Group Insurance Board later changed its policy, but Andrews filed a complaint for not being covered for his personal needs.

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“To be singled out for a denial of coverage is hurtful and burdensome,” Andrews said in a statement released by the ACLU. “I’m glad the State of Wisconsin has finally announced its plan to end this discriminatory exclusion, but the change comes too late for me. Too many transgender people continue to face coverage denials just like this.”

In the discrimination complaint, the ACLU asserts that the denial violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act because it is gender-related.

“These exclusions arbitrarily target transgender people for discrimination by forcing them to pay out-of-pocket for medically necessary services,” Wisconsin Legal Director Larry Dupuis said in a statement.

As previously reported, the ACLU also recently filed a discrimination complaint for a prison nurse who identifies as male and was likewise denied coverage for a sex change operation.

Jesse Vroegh, 34, was diagnosed with gender dysphoria in 2014 and informed her employers at Iowa Correctional Institution for Women that she would be transitioning into a man.

Last November, she asked for permission to use the mens’ restroom, but was denied due to concerns about “the rights of the male officers.” She was also not permitted to use the men’s showers being a woman.


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  • robertzaccour

    Nobody should have to pay for your gender-challenged alterations.

  • Becky

    Hillary or Trump will make certain that this fruitcake will have his rights fully protected. He’ll even have full rights to use the women’s bathroom. It’s where we’re headed and neither Hillary or Trump can make America straight again.

  • archaeologist

    americans are under the impression that everyone else must pay for their personal desires

    • Bob Johnson

      No, I have insurance. This is a bet with an insurance company that over the years they will take in premiums for many years when I need very little to no health care. The year I had prostate surgery the insurance company lost money on me. (However, their profits were still good by insuring lots of other healthy people.)

      How does an insurance company looks at the odds, they “runs the numbers.” Sex change surgery is a one-time cost that has been successful more often than not. Without this surgery the insurance company is faced with anxiety, depression, alcoholism, and many other conditions for which the insurance company will have to spend thousands of dollars every year for decades.

  • TheBottomline4This

    “has filed a discrimination complaint for being denied coverage for a sex change operation”
    If this man is wanting to have a “sex change” operation earn the money yourself or hold car washes, sell cupcakes, get a second job…whatever. Borrow the money from a bank or relative. These surgeries would fall under elective ones. They are not life saving surgeries like a heart transplant or cancer treatment.
    This mental illness these people have is a drain on society.
    It’s too bad they discriminate against their birth gender/sex and think they are the opposite gender/sex and then expect for someone else to cover the cost of their fantasy “sex change” operation.

    • Jalapeno

      Why wouldn’t they be covered with other mental health treatments?

      It’s not really a determination of whether or not it’s the most effective treatment or one that we would pick for ourselves..it’s a determination of whether or not we should cover the treatments that a doctor thinks is best for a patients mental health needs.

  • Reason2012

    Employers do not have to pay for cosmetic surgery to deal with a person’s mental issues.

    • TheBottomline4This

      Sadly the mentally ill will whine enough, then employees will have to. These various perversions have an agenda. They don’t’ like to admit it, but they do. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t step on the rights of the majority in FORCING others to appease their perversions. We know satan is the author of all of this confusion and they are following him blindly. So sad.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      Do you also believe that insurance companies should not pay for lithium to treat bipolar disorder?

      • Bob Johnson

        And Valium should not be covered because anxiety is a mental illness. Next to be barred is Oxycodone because pain is both a mental problem and pain is the path to salvation.

        • Joe

          I’m curious, would you care to elaborate on how “pain is the path to salvation”

          • Bob Johnson

            Certainly, it is a wide spread idea in Christianity. I would suggest you read up on “Mortification of the Flesh” and “self-flagellation”

            “Suffering, more than anything else, makes present in the history of humanity the powers of the Redemption.” – Pope John Paul II

          • Joe

            “Mortification of the Flesh” and “self-flagellation”. I hardly doubt that these two “reads” will agree with the word of God on the matter of redemption.

            Pope John Paul II may be the mouthpiece for Catholicism, but his religion and my faith are 180 degrees apart!

            It may be “wide spread in Christianity” but it’s not biblical.

            If I may, I would like to share with you what the word of God says about redemption.

            2Corin. 15-1-4 KJV Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

            Belief in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the way of salvation (redemption). Not faith plus works or faith plus suffering or faith plus self-flagellation but by faith alone!

            What John Paul II is advocating is that Christ’s suffering and subsequent death on the cross is insufficient for ones salvation (redemption). HOGWASH.

            John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is
            finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

            “It is finished”

  • hytre64

    Will the insurance company now be required to pay for a second round of sex reassignment surgery if s/he is one of the 20+% who have post-operative regret?

  • Joe M

    The rest of us foot the bill for all this thru higher premiums and deductibles.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Men should be totally ashamed of wanting to become a woman. Men should protect women and children instead of exploiting them or behaving like them. Women should not want to be like a man because women have no such authority at all. Men should not be obedient to women and to children; they should study the Word of God firsthand and submit to God alone. ( Isaiah ch.3, ch. 40. Acts ch. 4 )

  • George T

    Cut him or her wide open and walk away

  • C_Alan_Nault

    Ugly