THE NUMBER OF gender-affirmation surgeries in the U.S. are on the rise and will continue to increase in the years ahead. In fact, the latest research from The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reflects that, from 2015 to 2016, the number of transgender-related surgeries rose nearly 20 percent.
This sudden increase can be directly attributable to two recent developments. The first is related to the positive change in the general public’s attitude toward transgenderism. With this came many progressive companies taking the initiative of offering transgender health coverage – including surgical benefits to their employees – to show inclusion of all in the workplace and retain high-demand skillsets with competitive benefit packages. Over the years, more and more companies followed the lead and are now offering such coverage. Even the latest headlines are reflective of this trend; in June, for example, we saw Starbucks announce an expanded health insurance plan for transgender employees.