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Iowa Law: Unlawful Medicaid Funding for Gender Affirming Surgical Procedures

FILE: Rita Bettis Austen, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa speaks at a Des Moines news conference on May 15, 2018. In a Monday decision, the judge declared that an Iowa law banning Medicaid coverage of sex reassignment procedures for transgender residents was against both state law and state constitution. Bettis Austen believes it is a landmark victory for Iowa civil rights. Gov. Kim Reynolds said she is not satisfied with the ruling of the district judge and that she will be exploring other options. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
Source: Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa law that prohibits Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgeries for transgender residents violates state law and the state constitution, a judge ruled in a decision made public Monday.

Judge William Kelly ordered the Iowa Department of Human Services to provide coverage for sex reassignment surgeries when ordered to treat gender dysphoria, a psychological distress that results from an incongruence between one’s sex assigned at birth and one’s gender identity. The American Psychiatric Association states that it can often begin in childhood. However, some individuals may experience it later or even after puberty.

Around 12 states do not cover surgeries under Medicaid. 18 include specific gender affirming care, while others…

Source: https://gt-ride.com/iowa-law-unlawful-medicaid-funding-for-gender-affirming-surgical-procedures/




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