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    Medicare ban on sex reassignment surgery lifted

    Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don't identify with their biological sex.

  • Ayden Prehara, talks with his parents, Todd and Chris, in his bedroom in Fitchburg, Wis., on Jan. 3, 2014.  Prehara, 16, is a transgender student, having transitioned from female to male at age 14.  This June, Ayden and his parents will travel to Cleveland for what, in the transgender community, is called "top surgery." His breasts will be flattened and his chest contoured to be more typically male. He will be 17 by then, about the earliest surgeons will do such surgery. Until then, he wears an undergarment called a binder that evens out his chest. The family is setting aside about $10,000 for the surgery, which includes a week or so in a Cleveland hotel during recovery, said Chris Prehara. Insurance does not cover any of it, she said. (Associated Press/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)

    Medicare coverage ban on sex-change surgery lifted

    Transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for sex reassignment surgeries, a U.S. Department of Health and Services review board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures as a medically necessary and effective treatment for individuals who do not identify with their biological sex.

  • Feds revise medical rules for transgender inmates

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  • Jennifer Levi, a lawyer who directs the Transgender Rights Project of Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders in Boston, said the ruling does not mean Medicare recipients are necessarily entitled to have sex reassignment surgery paid for by the government.

    Medicare ban on sex reassignment surgery lifted →

  • Instead, the lifting of the coverage ban means they now will be able to seek authorization by submitting documentation from a doctor and mental health professionals stating that surgery is medically indicated in their individual case, Levi said.

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