CHICAGO — Advocates across Illinois celebrated the final rule that regulates Medicaid coverage for gender-affirming surgery, the Windy City Times reports citing a Howard Brown press release.
The final rule prioritizes the patient-provider relationship, allowing Medicaid to cover life-saving, medically necessary procedures for trans and gender non-conforming people.
A proposed rule by the state’s Medicaid agency, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, was first released last summer. That proposed rule passed the final step in the Illinois rulemaking process that was published Jan. 3 said rule is being put into effect retroactively for Dec. 23, 2019. This codification takes place after the updated regulation cleared the last hurdle of approval from the State’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, the Times reports citing a press release.