Transgender Health Coverage with Medicare

The recent ban on transgender health coverage from Medicare has been lifted. Though there is more fighting to be done, this is a positive step forward. Here are some quick facts regarding what this means:

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Medicare is for folks 65 and older. This ruling does not affect Medicaid, a program which used by low income recipients.

The ban was put in place originally in 1981 when treatment regarding gender identity was seen as experimental. However, now many medical groups see it as safe and effective treatment for gender dysphoria.

Though the blanket ban will be lifted, individuals will not be guaranteed coverage but  will be evaluated by their health physicians to justify their need for treatment.

 

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