Lawsuit: Transgender teen’s health insurance violated ACA

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A lawsuit brought by a Bremerton family says an insurance company violated the Affordable Care Act by failing to cover gender-affirming health care for a transgender teenager. The News Tribune reports Pattie Pritchard has sued Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois on behalf of her 15-year-old son, identified in court records by the initials C.P. A Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois spokesperson said she could not comment on pending litigation. The complaint was filed in November in U.S. District Court in Tacoma and seeks unspecified damages. It says C.P.’s parents have more than $10,000 in out-of-pocket expenses related to the teen’s gender dysphoria diagnosis.