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Staff, Faculty At University Get Transgender Benefits

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Faculty and staff members at the University of Pittsburgh now receive transgender benefits, including behavioral health support, medications and surgery.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports officials say the change, which was sent to employees last week, is meant to bring the university into compliance with federal rules on sex discrimination in employment.

A question-and-answer sheet says transgender-related evaluations and procedures will be covered if they are "medically necessary," including breast construction or removal, hormone therapy and genital reconstruction.

Cosmetic appearance procedures aren't covered.

Services depend on member eligibility for coverage on the date of service and other details of the members' plan. They also depend on UPMC Health Plan policies and procedures.