Starbucks, mother of frappuccinos and wielder of pumpkin spice, has announced that it will cover all transgender-related surgeries for its employees.
In addition to bottom surgery, which the coffee company has covered since 2012, Starbucks will now foot the bill for additional surgeries like top surgery, hair removal, hair transplates, and facial feminization surgery. These more comprehensive surgeries are usually deemed cosmetic by insurers and thus aren’t normally covered in insurance plans. But not with the Siren, honey. She got you!
The coffee company partnered with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) in order to determine exactly which surgeries were the most helpful to their transgender employees. It was the first company in the world to do so. Jamison Green, the former president of WPATH, worked with Starbucks as a rep for the health company. “Starbucks was not afraid to ask all the right questions and demand that people get the best possible care,” he said.
“I view this as a diagnosis with a treatment path,” said Ron Crawford, vice president of benefits at Starbucks, saying the improved coverage was simply the right thing to do. “You have to think of it from an equity perspective.”
This policy makes Starbucks the world leader in comprehensive trans healthcare.