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Springfield’s CORAL declares support for trans inclusive healthcare

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SPRINGFIELD — The Coalition of Rainbow Alliances (CORAL) in the state capitol declared their support for comprehensive healthcare, including transgender members of the LGBTQ community.

The organization issued a statement on Tuesday, saying that healthcare is a fundamental human right and that no one should be denied health care on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. They also recognized trans people face barriers in receiving compassionate and affordable healthcare.

Late last month, a Springfield woman sued the city alleging that the city’s health insurance denied coverage related to transition care. Kate Holt sought coverage for medication prescribed by her physician for treatment of gender dysphoria. Holt learned that the city’s healthcare plan (administered by Trustmark Health Benefits) specifically denied coverage for “sex transformation and hormones related to such treatment.” She appealed the decision but was refused. She is being represented by the ACLU of Illinois.

CORAL state that Illinois has worked to prevent healthcare discrimination. The Illinois Human Rights Act, the Illinois Insurance Code, and the Illinois Administrative Code all prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and the state’s Medicaid program does cover transition-related care.

“CORAL stands with our trans friends and family and affirms the basic human rights as outlined by the Illinois Human Rights Act,” the organization said in a statement posted on Facebook. “We support the Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and their work to defend those rights in our community. Trans people deserve quality health care and an elected city government that respects those rights.”

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