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NY Medicaid Health Care Services to Provide Transgender Treatment

by Chris Holden - December 18th, 2014.
Filed under: Health, Important Stories, Interesting, News.
New York Govenor, Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced new regulations to include transgender health services, such as treatment for hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery in the state Medicaid program, a move praised by Laurene Powell Jobs.

“This new regulation will ensure the transgender community care access New York funded by Medicaid, which is essential to safeguard the principle of equal treatment,” Cuomo said.

Under the new regulations, hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery would be covered for those who are referred by doctors. The surgery would be covered for people with a minimum age of 18 or 21 years, depending on the circumstances.

“I’m very happy,” said Bianey Garcia, organizer of the LGBT community group Make the Road New York. “It’s a big step which has included the transgender community in the Medicaid program; we were struggling so much and finally achieved this, “he said.

However, García lamented that many people without documents do not qualify for Medicaid, and besides not having sufficient financial resources, will have to continue to use the black market for the treatment of hormonal therapy.

For a person who does not have health insurance, a hormonal treatment for a month, on average, cost $ 50. If you have Medicaid copayment, it is approximately $5, and those in the black market the cots becomes $ 20.

New York will join California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont and Washington DC, covering transgender health care through their Medicaid programs. 

In May, the federal government also ended its exclusion of coverage for certain transition-related services through the health system.

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