December 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm EST | by Staff reports
N.Y. Medicaid to cover trans care
Andrew Cuomo, gay news, Washington Blade

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health have proposed a new regulation that would allow coverage of sex reassignment surgery and hormone therapy under the state’s Medicaid program.

The proposal would eliminate a 1998 regulation that prevents coverage of “care, services, drugs or supplies rendered for the purpose of gender reassignment. It would not include other trans-specific health care

“We applaud the Cuomo administration for taking this important step,” said Michael Silverman, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. But we call upon it to remove all restrictions for medically necessary transgender health care.”

Nathan M. Schaefer, executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda, also welcomed the proposal.

“After years of advocacy, we’re thrilled that transgender New Yorkers will finally be able to access medically necessary health care through Medicaid,” he said.

Cuomo last week announced that insurance companies in the state must cover gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy and other trans-specific health care. The New York City Council on Dec. 8 approved a bill that will allow trans New Yorkers to change the gender on their birth certificates without sex reassignment surgery.

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