SAN FRANCISCO – In an unprecedented decision, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services board decided that Medicare funds should be used to pay for ‘sex reassignment’ surgeries.
Prior to Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) refused to pay for individuals’ sex-change operations through Medicare. The department held that the surgeries were not medically necessary and thus should not be sponsored by the federal government.
However, an HHS review board reversed this position last Friday, saying sex reassignment surgeries—which can cost as much as $50,000—are legitimate medical operations and should be funded by Medicare. Supporters of “transgender rights” described the ruling as a landmark decision which struck down an outdated ban.
“[The sex change surgery ban] was based on information from 1981,” Leslie Cooper, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, told MSNBC…
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