As part of its updated health plan, grocery chain Kroger will now offer full health benefits to its transgender employees.The country’s largest supermarket chain made the annoucement for the updated plan Friday which includes surgery and drug therapy for gender reassignment up to $100,000 on its internal social media site. Below is an excerpt according to Forbes:
“We are excited to announce that The Kroger Co. has added transgender health benefits for eligible employees enrolled in an Anthem BCBS administered plan offered under the company-sponsored health insurance plan. For the last several years, the company’s GLBT associate resource group, The Alliance of Kroger (AOK), has made a dedicated effort to work with executive leaders and the Total Rewards leadership team to secure these benefits for our associates. Beginning January 1, 2016, medical procedures including surgery and drug therapy for gender reassignment will be covered up to a $100,000 lifetime maximum for eligible associates and their dependents.”
Kroger, who joins a number of other large employers offering trans-inclusive plans such as Apple, General Motors, and Gap, employs 400,000 workers across more than 2,500 stores.
Wal-Mart has recently extended health insurance coverage for its transgender employees, according to a Bloomberg News story posted Monday. “At Wal-Mart, respect for the individual is one of the core beliefs that are the foundation of our company,” spokesman Kevin Gardner said in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg. “We are committed to fostering an inclusive [...]