Governor Cuomo announced he’s taking action to prohibit health insurers from discriminating or denying coverage based on gender identity. In a statement Cuomo says this action will ensure that transgender or gender nonconforming individuals receive coverage regardless of whether they present as the gender to whom the service is typically provided.

A Department of Financial Services circular letter issued today instructs health insurers to take reasonable steps, including requesting additional information, to determine whether the insured is eligible for the services prior to denying a claim