The federal government is mulling whether or not it will start covering sex change operations under Medicare and Medicaid. I’d say that since they’re considering it it’s as good as a done deal.
The Washington Examiner has the news:
For the first time since 1981, when it dubbed sex-change operations “experimental,” Medicare has opened the door to covering transexual operations, adding to the growing list of operations that would be allowed under Obamacare.
Acting on a new request, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it is starting a new analysis that could lift the spending ban for sex-change operations with a goal of making a decision two days after Christmas and on the eve of Obamacare kicking in January 1.
A 30-day public comment period just opened on the proposed “National Coverage Determination.”
“Surgical Treatment for Gender Identity Disorder, formerly referred to as transsexual surgery in 140.3, is currently noncovered under the Medicare Part A and Part B programs. The existing policy, which became effective in 1981, states that transsexual surgery is considered experimental,” said the notice just posted on the CMS.gov site.
Most insurance plans don’t cover this surgery, but if Medicare starts covering it will just be a matter of time before it becomes mandated, driving up the cost of health insurance even more.