Medicare Will Likely Start Covering Sex-Change Operations

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Medicare recipients who want sex-reassignment surgery might be able to get the government to pay for it after a ruling today from the U.S. Department of Health and Services review board. The rule change, which lifts the coverage ban on sex-reassignment surgery, will allow patients to apply for authorization for a procedure now recognized as medically necessary treatment for transgender people. So, for Medicare patients, it will be treated like any other procedure.