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US: Trans woman’s health insurance will pay for gender-reassignment surgery

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  1. Awesome! Let’s all have a round of applause for the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund.
    I can only hope this sets a precendent!

    1. I certainly hope it does, it’s been ridiculous that US health insurance companies have got away with this “the surgery is cosmetic” BS for so long, despite the medical community’s consensus that no, it’s a rather essential part of the treatment. None of my trans friends who’ve had surgery have dropped their underwear in front of me and gleefully proclaimed “look at how pretty my new vagina is!”.

  2. LilMarkYoung 4 Oct 2012, 10:51am

    So does this mean being trans is an illness? Because isn’t health care insurance supposed to pay for medical treatment when you are sick?

    1. Gender Dysphoria is a medical condition, yes.

    2. “Being trans” as you put it, can mean lots of things. However, this is about having, and being treated for, the recognised medical condition of gender dysphoria.

  3. Tiffanny Montcrieff 10 Oct 2012, 4:07am

    Great for you and all of us! I am getting ready for this big step my self and I was not even going to apply for pre-authorization for surgery but my wife and daughters convinced me to do it, why? because they said I was giving up without even trying. What could I loose since I was already going to paid for it? Well, what I would lose is the opportunity to hopefully make a difference in someone else life. I always believed that one of the reasons people misunderstand us is because we are visible in the community in general and making others aware of who we really are wold help erase the stigma. Well, the same goes for insurance, how many of us had had surgery without even considering applying for pre-authorization? Doing so will hopefully make the insurance industry change their views and realize this is a life saving procedure just as a heart bypass or cancer treatment is. Way to go girl and thanks for laying one more stone on the path to equality and justice for all of us!

    1. Tiffanny Montcrieff 10 Oct 2012, 4:14am

      Sorry, I meant “we are NOT very visible in the community”

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