After getting student health coverage over the last three years through Aetna, the University of California-Berkley is switching over to Anthem Blue Cross. The new insurer offers coverage through a bigger network of providers, increased coverage for dental and vision care, as well as coverage for some transgender surgeries.
The taxpayer supporter institution of higher learning is thus joining other campuses, such as Duke, Yale, and Brown (which are private), and Cornell and University of Minnesota (which are taxpayer supported) in covering surgeries to mutilate healthy tissue in order to conform to patients’ ideology of gender identity.
Students at Berkley have also demanded that the university health plan also offer free abortifacients: so-called “morning after pills.”
A petition was circulated on campus in April that also called on Berkeley’s Student Health Insurance Plan to provide the drug at the campus health center where students say is staffed with personnel trained to administer it. Students are currently required to pay about $500 for the abortifacients, while the campus health centers require several visits over the course of the abortion procedure. To this, the student petition said that it is “time-consuming and expensive.”
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