The Firm is proud to offer a suite of gender-affirmation benefits and resources to support members of our transgender, non-binary and intersex community.
Gender Affirmation Benefit
2021 and 2022 Plan Year Information
Health Plan Coverage
Beginning January 1, 2022, employees and eligible dependents enrolled in Cigna or UnitedHealthcare will be covered for an enhanced set of gender-affirming procedures, including (but not limited to):
- Breast augmentation
- Electrolysis (hair removal)
- Thyroid reduction chondroplasty
- Facial-affirming surgeries
- Voice therapy/lessons
Members must have a diagnosis of gender dysphoria to receive services. Additionally, certain procedures and services may require pre-authorization.
Covered services are the same across all three plan options (Plan Options A, B and C). As with any other medical services, out-of-pocket costs vary between plan option, as they are subject to the plan’s deductible, coinsurance and out-of-pocket limits.
Covered services under Cigna and UnitedHealthcare will largely be the same, with one key difference: UnitedHealthcare will include gender-affirming procedures in their Travel & Lodging benefit (combined with existing Travel & Lodging coverage for cancer-, bariatric-, orthopedic- and transplant-related treatments). For members who are required to travel more than 50 miles from home to receive high-quality, in-network care, UnitedHealthcare will reimburse up to $10,000 of eligible Travel & Lodging expenses.
Both Cigna and UnitedHealthcare have dedicated support lines staffed by experienced representatives to support members undergoing a gender transition, from billing and claims questions to assisting with finding care and reviewing coverage.
To learn more about gender-affirming coverage through Cigna and UnitedHealthcare, see the Health Benefits and Insurance Summary Plan Description.
If you are enrolled in the Kaiser, HMSA or Cigna Global plan, call the phone number on the back of your medical plan ID card for information about the gender-affirmation benefits under your plan.
Mental Health Coverage (Lyra)
Access to quality mental health providers who specialize in supporting individuals who are transitioning is important. The Firm’s mental health benefit through Lyra provides 16 free, confidential visits with a licensed therapist or coach for both employees, their spouse/partner and children under age 26. Additionally, Cigna or UnitedHealthcare members may meet with Lyra’s physicians, who can prescribe and manage medications at a reduced in-network rate (standard deductible and coinsurance will apply).
Members enrolled in the Firm’s medical plan through Cigna or UnitedHealthcare may continue care with their Lyra provider beyond 16 sessions at a reduced, in-network rate (standard deductible and coinsurance will apply).
Lyra’s network of providers includes clinicians who are LGBT+ or who specialize in LGBT+-related matters. To find a provider who meets your needs, including a provider with specific demographics or sensitivities, call Lyra at 844-926-2648. You may also access Lyra online at lyrahealth.com/morganstanley (open in Chrome) or by typing lyra/ in your Morgan Stanley intranet browser.
Expert Medical Opinion (2nd.MD)
Whether you are just beginning your transition or are well along your gender-affirming journey, contact 2nd.MD at any time for an expert medical opinion, at no cost to you. From understanding options to planning your procedures, 2nd.MD will enlist a leading medical specialist to assess your situation. You’ll first meet with an experienced nurse who will gather information about your situation, then retrieve your medical records and schedule your appointment with a specialist physician. Following your consultation, you’ll received a detailed write-up with insights and recommendations about your situation. 2nd.MD can also refer you to a specialist for follow-up care.
US employees and your extended family may contact 2nd.MD, even if you are not enrolled in the Morgan Stanley Medical Plan.
Legal Plan (MetLife)
The MetLife Legal Plan provides affordable legal services through a network of 15,000 attorneys. Note: You must enroll in the plan during benefits enrollment each fall for coverage the following year. Once enrolled, the plan covers the fees of in-network attorneys for a wide range of services, including LGBT+-related legal matters, estate planning, name change, adoption, surrogacy, rental and tenant issues, tax audits and more.
Questions? Call MetLife at 800-821-6400.
Hospital Indemnity Insurance (Aflac)
Aflac’s Hospital Indemnity Insurance, which you may elect during benefits enrollment each fall, will pay you or a covered dependent a lump-sum cash payment if you are hospitalized. Hospital stays for gender-affirming procedures are covered. The benefit is paid in addition to any coverage you receive from your medical plan or other supplemental insurance.
Amount you’ll receive: $1,500 for the first hospital admission annually – plus $200 per night you are in the hospital (or, $400 if in the ICU or $300 if in an intermediate intensive care step-down unit).
Questions? Call Aflac at 800-433-3036.