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STATE OF CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE 300 South Spring Street, South Tower, 12th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90013

TEXT OF REGULATION
Add to Subchapter 3 of Chapter 5 of Title 10 of the California Code of Regulations new Article 15.1. Gender Nondiscrimination in Health Insurance. Adopt Section 2561.1. Definitions. The following terms have the following meanings as used in this article. (a) "Actual gender identity" means a persons internal sense of being: (1) male, (2) female, (3) a gender different from the gender assigned to the person at birth, (4) a transgender person, or (5) neither male nor female. (b) "Perceived gender identity" means an observer's impression of another's internal sense of being: (1) male, (2) female, (3) a gender different from the gender assigned at birth, (4) a transgender person, or (5) neither male nor female. The term also includes an observer's impression that another is: (1) male, (2) female, (3) a gender different from the gender assigned at birth, (4) a transgender person, or (5) neither male nor female. (c) A "transgender person" is a person (1) who has, or has been diagnosed with, gender identity disorder or gender dysphoria; (2) who has received health care services, including counseling, related to gender transition; (3) who adopts the dress, appearance, or behavior of the opposite sex; or (4) who otherwise identifies himself or herself as a gender different from the gender assigned to that person at birth. (d) "Gender transition" means the process of changing one's outward appearance, including physical sex characteristics, to accord with his or her actual gender identity. NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 10140 and 10140.2, Insurance Code; CalFarm Ins. Co. v. Deukmejian, 48 Cal.3d 805 (1989); 20th Century Ins. Co. v. Garamendi, 8 Cal. 4th 216 (1994). Reference: Sections 10140 and 10140.2, Insurance Code; Section 422.56, Penal Code. Adopt Section 2561.2. Discrimination on the Basis of Actual or Perceived Gender Identity. An admitted insurer shall not discriminate on the basis of an insureds or prospective insureds actual or perceived gender identity, or on the basis that the insured or prospective insured is a transgender person. The discrimination prohibited by this Section 2561.2 includes any of the following:

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(a) Denying, cancelling, limiting or refusing to issue or renew an insurance policy on the basis of an insureds or prospective insureds actual or perceived gender identity, or for the reason that the insured or prospective insured is a transgender person; (b) Demanding or requiring a payment or premium that is based in whole or in part on an insureds or prospective insureds actual or perceived gender identity, or for the reason that the insured or prospective insured is a transgender person; (c) Designating an insureds or prospective insureds actual or perceived gender identity, or the fact that an insured or prospective insured is a transgender person, as a preexisting condition for which coverage will be denied or limited; or (d) Denying or limiting coverage, or denying a claim, for services including but not limited to the following, due to an insureds actual or perceived gender identity or for the reason that the insured is a transgender person: (1) Health care services related to gender transition if coverage is available for comparable health care services under the policy when such comparable health care services are not related to gender transition, including but not limited to hormone therapy, hysterectomy, mastectomy, breast reconstruction, surgical treatment for gynomastia, reconstructive surgery for genital injuries or abnormalities, and vocal training; or (2) Any health care services that are ordinarily or exclusively available to individuals of one sex when the denial or limitation is due only to the fact that the insured is enrolled as belonging to the other sex or has undergone, or is in the process of undergoing, gender transition. NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 10140 and 10140.2, Insurance Code; CalFarm Ins. Co. v. Deukmejian, 48 Cal.3d 805 (1989); 20th Century Ins. Co. v. Garamendi, 8 Cal. 4th 216 (1994). Reference: Sections 10140 and 10140.2, Insurance Code; Section 422.56, Penal Code.

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