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The University of Pennsylvania announced on Feb. 28 in the Penn Almanac that coverage for transgender benefits will be extended to include sexual reassignment surgery under the Aetna Point of Service II plan.

Members of Penn’s LGBT community — who have lobbied for the addition of transgender insurance over the past few years — greeted the news with enthusiasm.

“I am very pleased,” LGBT Center Director Bob Schoenberg said. “The University has done a good thing and the right thing, and I’m very glad about it.”

The change in policy will be effective July 1.

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