Two trans-rights bills move forward in N.J.

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New Jersey government tries to do his best to make citizen’s lives more easier. They are looking for equality among people. That’s why they made new rights.

Measures to prevent anti-transgender discrimination in health care and schools advanced in New Jersey last week and await Gov. Chris Christie’s signature before becoming law.

Democratic Sens. Teresa Ruiz and Joseph Vitale serve as primary sponsors for both bills. Christie spokesperson Brian T. Murray told PGN, “This office has had a long-standing, general policy of not discussing proposed legislation until a final bill is delivered to our offices and we have had ample time to thorough [sic] review it.”

Senate Bill 3017 would prohibit “health insurers, [State Health Benefits Program], [School Employees Health Benefits Program], University Correctional Health Care and Medicaid from discriminating in providing coverage and services based on gender identity.” It passed the Senate unanimously June 29 in a 31-0 vote; it previously was passed by the Assembly. The bill would prevent insurers from designating gender identity as a pre-existing condition and from limiting access to gender-transition services. Democrat Sen. Shirley Turner and Republican Sen. Jennifer Beck are cosponsors.

“While we will still need to fight to ensure that self-funded plans, including municipal and county health plans, stop discriminating, transgender people will remain covered or gain coverage for transition-related care in much of the marketplace — provided of course that Gov. Christie signs this important legislation into law,” Garden State Equality Executive Director Christian Fuscarino said in a statement.

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