The City of Portland announced today that the Council will vote on a resolution (see attached) during Monday’s Council meeting to remove the exclusion for transgender health care services from its employee health plan. The resolution is sponsored by Mayor Ethan Strimling and City Manager Jon Jennings and co-sponsored by the entire City Council. City staff has already begun work to implement the policy change, which will go into effect on January 1, 2017.
“It is the public policy of the City to prohibit discrimination against transgender people,” said Mayor Ethan Strimling. “Through this resolution, we are making it clear that we support health care services for transgender people in order to protect the health, safety, and the quality of life for all residents in the city.”
By implementing this change, Portland will join more than 60 cities across the country that have also removed exclusions for transgender health coverage for their employees, including San Diego, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, as well as our New England neighbors in Boston, Cambridge, Worcester, Providence and Burlington.
“By making this change, we will ensure that all city employees are able to have their health care needs addressed,” said City Manager Jon Jennings. “The City of Portland seeks to attract and retain the best and brightest employees, and joining the ranks of employers offering competitive and non-discriminatory health care benefits advances that goal.”