Emerson College to Pay for Teen's Transgender Surgery

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Donnie Collins, the 19-year-old transgender student whose fraternity had pledged to help with sex change surgery, will get insurance coverage after all, according to Emerson College.

School officials told ABCNews.com that its insurance carrier had agreed to cover so-called "top surgery" or breast removal for Collins, who was born female but has identified as male since prep school.

"After the rejection of his initial request, the college contacted Aetna for clarification -- knowing that transgender benefits have been part of its insurance policy with Aetna since 2006," the college said in a statement.

Last month, Emerson's Phi Alpha Tau, a professional arts fraternity, heard that Collins' insurance would not pay for sex reassignment surgery and launched a campaign to help him out.

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