Medical benefits for transgender employees

King County provides comprehensive benefits and services to support the health and well-being of eligible employees, retirees, and their dependents, and now offers enhanced medical benefits for transgender employees. 

Starting Jan. 1, 2020, King County expanded its medical plans’ coverage policies for transgender employees and their covered family members. King County has covered gender confirmation surgery and hormone replacement since 2015, but starting in 2020, we are covering additional gender-affirming procedures and treatments to comply fully with World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) standards, including procedures most insurers exclude.  

This week, during Transgender Awareness Week, we want to remind employees of the enhanced medical benefits available for transgender employees. King County medical plans now provide employees and their covered family members with comprehensive healthcare coverage to support them if they choose to transition physically.  

King County was the first public sector employer in Washington to cover these expanded services, and offering these benefits is an important step in our efforts to build a truly welcoming and inclusive workplace, and an example of living our values and True North. 

If you have questions about these – or any of your employee benefits – please contact the Benefits Team at 206-684-1556 or KC Benefits