Medicare To Cover Sex Changes?



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The federal government is mulling whether or not it will start covering sex change operations under Medicare and Medicaid. I’d say that since they’re considering it it’s as good as a done deal.

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The Washington Examiner has the news:

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For the first time since 1981, when it dubbed sex-change operations “experimental,” Medicare has opened the door to covering transexual operations, adding to the growing list of operations that would be allowed under Obamacare.

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Acting on a new request, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it is starting a new analysis that could lift the spending ban for sex-change operations with a goal of making a decision two days after Christmas and on the eve of Obamacare kicking in January 1.

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A 30-day public comment period just opened on the proposed “National Coverage Determination.”

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“Surgical Treatment for Gender Identity Disorder, formerly referred to as transsexual surgery in 140.3, is currently noncovered under the Medicare Part A and Part B programs. The existing policy, which became effective in 1981, states that transsexual surgery is considered experimental,” said the notice just posted on the site.

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Most insurance plans don’t cover this surgery, but if Medicare starts covering it will just be a matter of time before it becomes mandated, driving up the cost of health insurance even more.