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Mom sues after Minnesota teen denied coverage for gender reassignment


A northwestern Minnesota woman is suing her employer, Essentia Health, and her medical insurance provider, HealthPartners, alleging that her 17-year-old was denied coverage for medication and surgery to help him transition from a female to a male.

The suit filed in federal court in St. Paul by Brittany Tovar, who works as a family nurse practitioner for Essentia's hospital in Ada, said her teen was found in November 2014 to have gender dysphoria, meaning his gender identity was different from what was assigned at birth.



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