Tuesday, October 16th

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University of Wisconsin-Madison's Bascom Hall.(Photo: Mark Hoffman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

A federal jury in Madison has awarded $780,000 to two transgender state employees who were wrongfully denied insurance coverage of transition surgeries.

A judge last month ordered that care is covered, and the trial this week was only to determine the damages due to the plaintiffs, University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student, Alina Boyden, and Shannon Andrews, a researcher at UW School of Medicine.

Boyden thanked the judge and jury following the verdicts:

“It was wonderful to see a process where eight ordinary Wisconsinites were able to listen to our story, see that we were harmed, and make the decision that they did," she said in a statement.

"No one should have to tell their story to a room full of strangers to justify their medical expenses, but I am thankful that I had the opportunity to share my story. I hope this sends a powerful message to fellow transgender people in Wisconsin that our health matters.