For the past 8 years, Oakland resident Eliot Daughtry has been trying to get three insurance agencies to approve his request for a hysterectomy. All three have denied him access to the procedure. On September 3, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began a 60-day public comment period on a proposed rule called “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities.” If implemented, the Affordable Care Act’s ban on discrimination based on race, color, national origin, disability, or age would be amended to include gender identity.

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Mills College student body president Skylar Crownover stands in front of the senior wall on the Mills campus.

Mills was the first U.S. women’s college to create a formal written admissions policy that includes transgender and gender fluid applicants. The policy went into effect this semester and the changes are making waves among Mills students and alums, as well as other women’s colleges around the county.

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