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DC Makes Insurers/Medicaid Cover Sex Changes

From the Washington Times:

D.C. health plans to include gender-reassignment surgeries

By Andrea Noble | February 27, 2014

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Thursday announced that the city will recognize gender dysphoria [sic] as a medical condition, forcing insurance companies to cover treatments such as gender-reassignment surgery for transgender people.

Among other things, just look at how our language has been perverted: ‘dysphoria’ ‘gender reassignment,’ ‘transgender.’

The coverage extends to all D.C. residents with group or individual health insurance — including the roughly one-third of city residents receiving Medicaid benefits [sic!]— whose doctors diagnose the condition and for whom treatment is deemed medically necessary.

Taxpayers will be only too happy to pay for Medicaid sex changes, if it will help the poor to a more satisfying sex life. Just like insurance customers will be happy to pay for higher premiums, if it means more sex changes.

“This action places the District at the forefront of advancing the rights of transgender individuals,” Mr. Gray said at his ceremonial office at City Hall. The District joins California, Colorado, Connecticut, Oregon and Vermont in requiring the coverage, which the federal government will not be made to offer to its employees.

Not yet.

Transgender activists applauded the move, saying it guarantees coverage for treatments such as gender reassignment surgery that can cost tens of thousands of dollars and which have been denied by insurance companies that deemed the procedures cosmetic.

“This isn’t about who’s paying for things. This is about whether or not it’s medical care and who gets to decide that,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “Nobody in America wants their health care decisions made by the insurance companies.”

The National Center for Transgender Equality estimates that 2,000 transgender people live in the District, though it’s unclear know how many might seek treatment under the coverage.

A survey last year of more than 600 transgender people from the D.C. area indicated that 46 percent living in the area earn less than $10,000 a year — making the specific inclusion of Medicaid in Thursday’s announcement an important factor, said Nico Quintana, a senior organizer with the DC Trans Coalition…

It’s also unclear whether inclusion of treatments for gender dysphoria could add to the cost of health care coverage in the District…

Of course, requiring coverage for operations that costs tens of thousands of dollars won’t add to any costs. What a silly notion.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 28th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “DC Makes Insurers/Medicaid Cover Sex Changes”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    All good things to come to him .. wait, she .. dammit, It .. who waits ..

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