On Friday, March 23, the Hon. Donovan W. Frank, Senior U.S. District Court Judge, will hear arguments in our lawsuit, Brittany Tovar and Reid Olson v. Essentia Health and HealthPartners, challenging health care discrimination against transgender patients.
Gender Justice represents Brittany and Reid in their suit against Brittany's former employer, Essentia Health, and the administrator of its employee health plan, HealthPartners, following their denial of coverage for health care treatment and services for Reid's gender dysphoria.
Gender Justice has pursued this important case because the Affordable Care Act’s Section 1557, which prohibits sex discrimination in health care, requires health insurance companies to cover gender-affirming health care for trans patients.
At a gathering this morning before the hearing, Brittany, Gender Justice's senior counsel Lisa Stratton, and Family Tree Clinic's patient resource coordinator, Nathalie Crowley shared the following statements with supporters and the media.