Nation’s Largest Supermarket Chain Takes a Stand Against Transgender Healthcare Discrimination

By Megan Clayton • October 14, 2015 • 3:41 pm

Last Friday, The Kroger Co. announced it will offer full health insurance coverage for transgender employees through the company’s plan starting on January 1, 2016.

As the largest American supermarket chain, Kroger’s move towards transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage sends a strong signal that non-discrimination protections are not only needed, they also have strong support from within the business world.

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In its internal memo, the company wrote:

We are excited to announce that The Kroger Co. has added transgender health benefits for eligible employees enrolled in an Anthem BCBS administered plan offered under the company-sponsored health insurance plan… Beginning January 1, 2016, medical procedures including surgery and drug therapy for gender reassignment will be covered up to a $100,000 lifetime maximum for eligible associates and their dependents.

Since March, when Indiana was subject to national scrutiny after passing legislation widely viewed as sanctioning discrimination against LGBT Hoosiers, many major players in the business community have been vocal about their support for gay and transgender inclusive non-discrimination protections.

Meanwhile, 2 out of 3 small business owners support LGBT non-discrimination protections, according to a summer poll. While a March survey found that 69 percent of Americans support comprehensive federal legislation aimed at extending commonsense protections to gay and transgender people.

All hardworking Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, deserve equal protections from discrimination—be it at work, at home or in public places.

As Kroger takes steps to remove discriminatory barriers to healthcare for its transgender employees, it distinguishes itself as a leader in the fight for full LGBT equality.

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