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Office Depot among 207 companies that include gender reassignment surgery in health insurance plans

“Realistically, we just looked at it as a necessity. Our executive V.P. said, ‘It’s the right thing to do, it’s something we support and we have employees who have this need.'”

Frantz Tiffeau, senior manager at Florida-based Office Depot, on the chain’s decision to cover gender-reassignment surgery in their health insurance policies.

The Human Rights Campaign reported in its annual Corporate Equality Index, released yesterday, that 207 of the 636 businesses surveyed already provide transgender-inclusive employee health benefits or plan to starting in 2012. Corporations that expanded their insurance coverage this year are Apple, Chevron, General Mills, Dow Chemical, American Airlines, Kellogg, Sprint, Levi Strauss, Eli Lilly, Best Buy, Nordstrom, the U.S. division of Volkswagen, Whirlpool, Xerox, Raytheon and Office Depot. (NY Daily News)

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