US court bans Arizona from excluding gender-affirming care from state health insurance plans

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Judge Marquez evaluated the consent decree, and affirmed that it met the appropriate legal standards for class action settlements. Judge Marquez evaluated the consent decree and affirmed that it met the appropriate legal standards for class action settlements.

Attorneys for the plaintiff, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, celebrated the affirmation of the consent decree, stating, “Ending five years of litigation, the consent decree permanently prohibits the state of Arizona from excluding gender-affirming care from its employee health plan.”The case was originally filed in 2019 by Russell Toomey, an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona. Toomey claimed he was denied care that would help him in his transition. Toomey claimed the denial for coverage of his transition-related health care was discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of both the 1964 Civil Rights Act as well as the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs issued an executive order in June ensuring that state health plans would cover gender-affirming care.