Should Medicare fund sex change surgery?
I had a WOAH moment yesterday when I opened this email from a doctor who passes along developments in the exploding world of transgender health:
Medicare announced that beginning March 28, 2013 and for a 30 day period, it is inviting comments from the public regarding reconsideration of its current policy to deny coverage of sexual reassignment surgery.
Anyone wanting to recommend a change of this policy and to advocate for medicare covering sexual reassignment surgery, the website to go to is
Don’t bother trying to open the link. Less than 24 hours after the Centers
for Medicare and Medicaid Services posted this announcement, they took it down. A spokesperson told The Hill the agency decided not to take public comments while a challenge to the agency’s policy is “working its way through the proper administrative challenges.”
Medicare and Medicare, and almost all commercial insurance plans, don’t fund surgery for men or women who feel like they were born into the wrong body.
So since Medicare can’t or won’t ask, we will:
Should Medicare and Medicaid fund sex change or gender reassignment surgery?