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Bill prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against transgender patients

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The state Legislature passed a bill on Tuesday that prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against transgender patients.

The bill prohibits denying, canceling or limiting coverage based on a person's gender identity.

State representative Bob McDermott says he is concerned the bill would mandate insurance coverage of gender-reassignment surgeries, which he says would increase costs for everyone.

The bill is now headed to the Governor's office.

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