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Phoenix To Offer Healthcare Coverage For Trans Employees

Phoenix has announced city employees will be covered for transgender related treatment under its healthcare plans. 

This week, a city task force approved the changes. 

Phoenix joins a host of other cities, including Portland and Austin, that have expanded their healthcare plans in recent years to include transgender related treatment. 

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said the decision is a big step toward making Phoenix a more attractive and diverse place to work.

“I thought it was the right thing to do not only for individuals who may happen to be transgender, but overall for our competitiveness as an employer,” Stanton said.

The mayor said the more Phoenix can implement inclusive policies, the better it will be at recruiting talent.  

Any treatment will have to be medically necessary in order to be covered under the city’s plan.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.