Maryland’s Medicaid Coverage Policy Advisory Committee recommended that Maryland’s Medicaid coverage be updated to provide transgender-inclusive health coverage for all participants in Maryland’s Medical Assistance (Medicaid) program. The program is the primary source of health insurance coverage for low-income adults, families and children in the state. The updated plan will provide coverage for medically necessary comprehensive services for gender transition.
This development follows the state’s decision in July 2014, as part of a settlement with FreeState Legal, to similarly update the health benefits coverage for state employees and their beneficiaries.
“Removal of these outdated Medicaid regulations is particularly important for low-income transgender Marylanders, who in many cases have no access to medically necessary health care other than through the Medicaid program,” said Jer Welter, managing attorney of FreeState Legal.