A librarian working for the State of Alaska says the state won’t cover her costs for transgender surgery, leading her to file a lawsuit with support from a national advocacy group.
The U.S. District Court case on behalf of 36-year-old Jennifer Fletcher, the state’s legislative librarian, was announced by Tuesday by LGBT group Lambda Legal. She is being represented by members of the group as well as attorney and Anchorage Assembly member Eric Croft, a former prosecutor and state representative.
"Whether your insurance will cover medically necessary treatment should not depend on who you are," Lambda attorney Tara Borelli said in Tuesday’s statement. “The state itself recognizes that transition-related care is medically necessary, which is why it covers hormone therapy. The only reason for this lingering blanket exclusion against surgical treatment is irrational discrimination.”