Vanderbilt U. just added transgender surgeries to students’ insurance plans

Vanderbilt U. just added transgender surgeries to students’ insurance plans
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In a decision that may overshadow the Obama administration’s controversial public school bathroom mandate, Vanderbilt University has just added hormone therapy and gender assignment surgery to its student insurance policy.

The decision by the Vanderbilt staff was apparently pretty drama-free.

The change was part of a routine annual review of the university’s health care plan for students. Cynthia Cyrus, vice provost for learning and residential affairs at Vanderbilt, said the committee tasked with the review quickly recommended expanding coverage.

“It was relatively non-controversial on our side,” Cyrus said. “It was maybe a two-paragraph conversation, not deeply debated in any way.”

Conservative Tennessee Rep. Diane Black, however, had something very different to say about the administration’s “stunt” in a Wednesday statement.

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