Emerson Student Gets Sex-Change Coverage After-All
The Emerson College student turned down for sex change surgery will get coverage after all, ABC News reported today.
In a reversal, the insurance carrier has agreed to cover the so-called "top surgery," or best removal for Donnie Collins, the 19 year old student who was born female but has been male identified since prep school.
Collins received national attention recently when the fraternity he was pledging agreed to help him raise the money for the surgery.
"After the rejection of his initial request, the college contacted Aetna for clarification -- knowing that transgender benefits have been part of its insurance policy with Aetna since 2006," the college said in a statement.
According to a report on ABCNews.com, "Emerson’s Phi Alpha Tau, a professional arts fraternity, heard that Collins’ insurance would not pay for sex reassignment surgery and launched a campaign to help him out."
The fraternity posted a video on the fundraising site IndieGogo.com. It has raised $18,000.
"Emerson was one of the first colleges in the nation to remove the exclusion of transgender benefits from its policy, according to the college," reported ABCNews.com.
Aetna, though, had not updated this change in policy, the school stated.
"This inaccuracy led to the rejection of coverage."
Collins reacted in a YouTube video.
"It’s been a really incredible experience...I honestly couldn’t be happier with the way things are turning out."