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Medicare coverage ban on sex-change surgery lifted
Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2014 | Lisa Leff

Posted on 05/30/2014 11:31:31 AM PDT by reaganaut1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for sex reassignment surgeries, a U.S. Department of Health and Services review board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures as a medically necessary and effective treatment for individuals who do not identify with their biological sex.

Ruling in favor of a 74-year-old Army veteran whose request to have Medicare pay for her genital reconstruction was denied two years ago, the agency's Departmental Appeals Board ruled that a three-decade-old HHS rule excluding such surgeries from the procedures covered by the national health program for the elderly and disabled was unjustified.

"Sometimes I am asked aren't I too old to have surgery. My answer is how old is too old?" the veteran, Denee Mallon, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, said in an email interview before the board issued its decision. "When people ask if I am too old, it feels like they are implying that it's a 'waste of money' to operate at my age. But I could have an active life ahead of me for another 20 years. And I want to spend those years in congruence and not distress."

Jennifer Levi, a lawyer who directs the Transgender Rights Project of Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders in Boston, said the ruling does not mean Medicare recipients are necessarily entitled to have sex reassignment surgery paid for by the government.

Instead, the lifting of the coverage ban means they now will be able to seek authorization by submitting documentation from a doctor and mental health professionals stating that surgery is medically indicated in their individual case, Levi said.

Transgender health advocates said that because private insurance companies and state-run Medicaid programs that provide health insurance for low-income individuals often take their cue

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: genitalmutilation; homosexualagenda; medicare; sexchange; transgender
When did America go insane?
1 posted on 05/30/2014 11:31:31 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

Fer Chrissake, if Zeke Emmanuel’s value of life by age, as inspiration for Obamacare, is restricting cancer treatments, why give a 74-year old a sex-change operation?


2 posted on 05/30/2014 11:33:10 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: reaganaut1

Does this mean that John Boehner can finally get some testicle implants?


3 posted on 05/30/2014 11:33:50 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: reaganaut1

Sure, you are authorized for a sex change operation.

Hold on while I place some veteran a bit lower on the waiting list.

FU, libs.

Your time is coming.

And we have the guillotine sharp and ready for your skinny little pencil necks.


4 posted on 05/30/2014 11:34:24 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: reaganaut1

The catch is that the wait will make you change your mind, not your penis for a cooter.


5 posted on 05/30/2014 11:34:44 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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6 posted on 05/30/2014 11:35:23 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: reaganaut1

If I were the surgeon doing that operation, the whole time I’d be thinking, What the hell am I doing!


7 posted on 05/30/2014 11:35:27 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: reaganaut1

We might as well spend like hell now let’s just destroy the system so we can start over sooner.


8 posted on 05/30/2014 11:35:52 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: usconservative
I'm LMAO and he's crying!!!!!


9 posted on 05/30/2014 11:36:26 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: usconservative

In addition to House Speaker JB, what about backbone implants to a number of RINOS!


10 posted on 05/30/2014 11:44:18 AM PDT by jayrunner
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To: reaganaut1

God help us.


11 posted on 05/30/2014 11:45:39 AM PDT by John W (Summer of Recovery VI: This Time We're Serious)
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To: reaganaut1

74 years old and this person doesn’t know their sex?


12 posted on 05/30/2014 11:49:10 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: reaganaut1

so - you can a get new plumbing when you’re 74, but forget about a hip replacement


13 posted on 05/30/2014 11:50:02 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: reaganaut1

America has descended into total madness.

Stark-raving madness.


14 posted on 05/30/2014 11:51:18 AM PDT by greene66
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To: blueunicorn6

neither do I know their sex, because the MSM likes to twist things around so I don’t know if its a man wanting to be a girl, or the other way around.

I think maybe he’s 74 and bored and wanted something to play with in the tub


15 posted on 05/30/2014 11:51:40 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: reaganaut1

Could a sane Republican administration just cancel this out just as easily as it was implemented?


16 posted on 05/30/2014 11:58:05 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: reaganaut1

I am waiting for the congress person with enough sense to propose a law banning federal money for all sex change operations across the board. None for federal prisoners, none for military, none for medicare, etc. They don’t pay for nose or boob jobs, so why should they pay for this?

If changing their appearance makes them feel better/ more like themselves, they should pay for it with their own money out of their own pockets. Only the the looniest lib would have a problem with a law like that.


17 posted on 05/30/2014 11:59:24 AM PDT by Waryone
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To: reaganaut1

THIS GOES WAYYYYYYYY BEYOND INSANE,!!! They WILL be denying
cancer care, hip replacements, heart surgeries, ect., ect., ect., BUT
sex changes for someone over 65 I AM SPEACHLESS!!!!! It is coming
SOON folks the AMERICAN people have to be REACHING A BREAKING
POINT!!!! They just HAVE to be!!!!!!


18 posted on 05/30/2014 12:06:16 PM PDT by Kit cat (OBummer must go)
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To: reaganaut1

They will pay for that and let the old people die from a host of other diseases.

Now the elderly are being sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.


19 posted on 05/30/2014 12:14:39 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: I want the USA back

Yet we still have to pay out of pocket for laser eye surgery!


20 posted on 05/30/2014 12:20:43 PM PDT by Phillyred
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To: reaganaut1

America went insane in 2008.

since you asked.

but it is amazing, a great wonder really, just how much worse they manage to make things...almost every day....

didn’t Dante’s Hell only have 7 levels of getting worse and worser ?


21 posted on 05/30/2014 12:30:26 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: reaganaut1

I’m confused, wasn’t it o’blowhard that said of the elderly that it might just be better to give them a pain pill ?


22 posted on 05/30/2014 12:38:02 PM PDT by redcatcherb412
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To: usconservative

“Does this mean that John Boehner can finally get some testicle implants?”

Gold star for that snark.


23 posted on 05/30/2014 12:47:26 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: reaganaut1

When the Kenyan said he was going to “fundamentally transform” America, I didn’t think he meant that he was going to transform it into a nation of raging lunatics.


24 posted on 05/30/2014 12:51:07 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: greene66

‘America has descended into total madness.’

I agree. I can only imagine if Rip Van Winkle fell asleep in 1984 only to awaken today.

Some days I look around and am absolutely flabbergasted by the insanity!


25 posted on 05/30/2014 12:54:08 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: faithhopecharity

Can’t recall about Dante, but what’s the old saying... “Whom the Gods Destroy, they first make mad.”

That seems to be America at this point.


26 posted on 05/30/2014 12:55:03 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Waryone

They pay for it because the freaks at the APA have decided that homosexuality and transsexuality are not mental disorders. Which they are! If transsexuality is a medical condition than an insurance must pay for it.


27 posted on 05/30/2014 12:56:40 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: reaganaut1

The image of these old coots getting genital reconstruction is laughable and nauseating at the same time. The American Dream: You can get anything you want at any time you want. Sick beyond measuring.


28 posted on 05/30/2014 12:58:39 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: firebrand

Not anything. Indeed, my mother, who has cancer, was just informed today that Medicare is cutting her home-health care service.

Yep, that gets axed. But, Medicare is fine with opening up its coffers to wackos wanting to be surgically transformed into an army of RuPaul’s.

America has become a sick, sick place.


29 posted on 05/30/2014 1:07:26 PM PDT by greene66
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To: greene66

Yes indeed,

For cunningly of old
was the celebrated saying revealed:
evil sometimes seems good
to a man whose mind
a god leads to destruction. ...(Sophocles, Antigone 620-3)

(and Dante’s Hell has at least 9 levels. The lawyers are sent to Level 3, where they are confined to a hot burning metal box to suffocate forever , or something like that... what goes around, comes around..)


30 posted on 05/30/2014 1:17:48 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: reaganaut1

So now somebody who wants to change at any age can get themselves declared disabled, get SSI, wait two years for Medicare and get mutilated.


31 posted on 05/30/2014 1:26:52 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: jayrunner
In addition to House Speaker JB, what about backbone implants to a number of RINOS!

Most of 'em need horn removal and trunk extensions....to be proper elephants, of course.

32 posted on 05/30/2014 1:27:52 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: silverleaf

An addadicktome trumps being able to walk I guess.


33 posted on 05/30/2014 3:07:10 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: greene66

Yup. We’ve lost it. Not as a God-fearing people, but the ones in charge have lost it for us. Prayers for your mother to get the care she needs somehow.


34 posted on 05/30/2014 6:13:27 PM PDT by firebrand
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