Medicare Ban on Sex Reassignment Surgery Lifted

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-05_afd6da60e2.jpgIngram Publishing/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Health and Human Services review board determined on Friday that those receiving Medicare may be able to receive insurance coverage for sex reassignment therapy. The ruling is in line with a trend of court decisions -- that since the psychiatric community recognizes gender identity disorder as a mental condition, policyholders are entitles to have the surgery.

Private insurance is less likely to cover gender reassignment surgery. The ruling was a response to a case brought by a 74-year-old Army veteran who sought to have Medicare pay for his surgery and was denied.

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