Illinois issues nondiscrimination reminders to insurers

SPRINGFIELD - Insurers have been cautioned by the state of Illinois about discriminating against transgender people.

In a bulletin issued this week, the Illinois Department of Insurance details nondiscrimination provisions in the federal Affordable Care Act along with Illinois laws.  Insurers in other states, including California, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Oregon have received similar statements.  The guidance reminds insurers that denying and excluding coverage based on a person's gender identity is illegal.

Backers support the reminders, saying that concerns for transgender people's rights prompted the move.  However, some question the move.  David Smith, executive director at the Illinois Family Institute, says that some religious business owners could be put into a position that forces them to compromise their faiths.

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