Green Shield Canada is introducing a gender-affirmation offering in all group plans as a standard benefit.

The offering is effective June 30 and reimburses plan sponsors with expenses that are “above and beyond typical plan designs,” according to a press release, which noted Green Shield Canada will also ensure all provincial and territorial health-care supports have been appropriately applied before claims are paid.

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The program was developed in consultation with a wide range of organizations, including the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health and the World Professional Association of Transgender Health.

“This offering — another important step in delivering inclusive benefits coverage — enables plan sponsors to support plan members throughout their gender transition journey,” noted the release.