In 2013 Adrian Sealy began transitioning from female to male, changing his name and correcting his legal documents to live every day as the man he has long known himself to be. He began medical treatment, including medically necessary transition-related care, and despite preauthorization from his doctor, his health care provider refused to cover portions of this care. “Gender reassignment surgery is not a covered benefit,” said the insurance company, sponsored by the nation’s largest union for health care workers, the 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. Adrian teamed up with TLDEF to challenge the prohibition on medically necessary care for transgender people, and in 2015 they emerged victorious.
“I am happy and relieved that my union will cover this care,” Adrian said. “This medical procedure will greatly improve my health and well-being. No one should be denied health care coverage just because of who they are.”