Bill Would Bar Texas Insurers From Denying Gays Coverage

Law360, Dallas (November 13, 2012, 7:35 PM EST) -- A Texas lawmaker on Monday filed a bill that would stop insurers and HMOs from denying health insurance coverage to gay and transgender people if their gender identity or sexual orientation alone would be the basis for the denial.

In SB 73, Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, proposes adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of categories protected from discrimination under Texas insurance law, which currently includes race, religion and marital status, among others. Under the change, insurers and HMOs would face administrative sanctions and...
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