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Rochester to cover city workers’ gender reassignment

Rochester officials announced the city will extend transition-related health coverage to transgender and gender non-conforming municipal employees.

Mayor Lovely A. Warren and City Councilmember-at-Large Matt Haag announced the decision Saturday in Rochester at the Empire State Pride Agenda’s Spring Dinner.

Rochester joins a handful of U.S. cities offering employees transition-related coverage, including Seattle, San Francisco and the District of Columbia. Boston is considering a similar measure.

Warren says Rochester’s benefits will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015, for employees and their family members enrolled in the city’s enhanced medical plan.

The city’s Labor Management Healthcare Committee approved the new coverage in April.

They said the city will pay for services related to gender reassignment surgery, including medical and psychological counseling, hormone therapy and cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries.