Is a Dependent’s Gender Reassignment Covered Under Employer-Sponsored Benefits Plans?

In Tovar v. Essentia Health (U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2017), Brittany Tovar sought and was denied benefits needed for her son’s gender reassignment based on a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, as the Essentia health plan explicitly excluded such benefits. She appealed the denials based on the non-discrimination requirements of Title VII of the…