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Medicare coverage ban on sex-change surgery lifted
Yahoo/AP ^ | May 30, 2014 | By LISA LEFF

Posted on 05/31/2014 1:41:50 AM PDT by kingattax

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."


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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda
sometimes finding the right words to comment on the absolute insanity we see happening is impossible.
1 posted on 05/31/2014 1:41:50 AM PDT by kingattax
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Are all elective surgeries covered?


2 posted on 05/31/2014 1:43:59 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: kingattax

The sh— just never stops, does it?


3 posted on 05/31/2014 1:53:20 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Mark17

until the day that real Americans decide to stand up and literally take back the country and our government it won’t stop.


4 posted on 05/31/2014 1:57:22 AM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: kingattax
The sociopaths are in charge and are enjoying sticking it to people by the millions instead of one at a time.
This is what unelected officials can do without being held accountable.
5 posted on 05/31/2014 2:04:42 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: kingattax
until the day that real Americans decide to stand up and literally take back the country and our government it won’t stop.

I think you are right, but I am just about convinced the country is passed the point where it can be solved peacefully. I do not like that idea, but I do not see any way around it now.

6 posted on 05/31/2014 2:27:08 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: kingattax

Good. Another government program that will go broke sooner.


7 posted on 05/31/2014 2:27:22 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: kingattax

“sometimes finding the right words to comment on the absolute insanity we see happening is impossible. “
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Yes, the USA is not going down fast enough for the Commies.
They want a USSA, and they want it NOW.


8 posted on 05/31/2014 2:29:59 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: kingattax
Don't care how you cut it....it's cosmetic. Doesn't change the DNA.

What they really need is someone to say no. Sick ba******.

9 posted on 05/31/2014 2:42:37 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: txrefugee

And given restricted budgets, someone in true medical need will be sacrificed for some asshole that wants a change-out for his otherwise retired genitals.

It’s chilling that state bureaucracies are sponsoring this crap.


10 posted on 05/31/2014 2:42:39 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Sacajaweau

The individuals seeking the sex change obviously have issues. But they are ironically not the failure — it’s the govt fools facilitating and forcing the outcome.


11 posted on 05/31/2014 2:47:21 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: kingattax
1. Americans voted FOR this government. TWICE.

2. "Real" Americans didn't produce enough offspring to hold on to the country.

12 posted on 05/31/2014 3:21:32 AM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (See my home page for some of my answers to the left's talking points.)
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To: kingattax

It’s nice to know that all of our deficits have been eliminated, all of our enemies have been neutralized, and all of our liabilities are funded, so that we can now afford this.


13 posted on 05/31/2014 3:23:07 AM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (See my home page for some of my answers to the left's talking points.)
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To: Gene Eric

“Are all elective surgeries covered?”

It won’t be long before Medicare won’t fund knee replacement, kidney transplant, or heart bypass for a 74 year old but will fund a sex change.


14 posted on 05/31/2014 3:32:04 AM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: kingattax; Madame Dufarge; headsonpikes
Madame Dufarge (67) and I (70) have decided to change places after 47 years of marriage.

We'll let you know how the next 47 work out...

15 posted on 05/31/2014 4:04:16 AM PDT by metesky (My investment program is holding steady @ $0.05 cents a can.)
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To: metesky

LOL - send a postcard once you’re “settled”!


16 posted on 05/31/2014 4:12:10 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: kingattax
until the day that real Americans decide to stand up and literally take back the country and our government it won’t stop.

Can't take back a country that has chosen to abandon its moral and cultural groundings. The only real hope is to divide the territory it once occupied.

17 posted on 05/31/2014 4:53:07 AM PDT by madprof98
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To: kingattax

Deviancy is always covered because they want to encourage it.


18 posted on 05/31/2014 4:54:19 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: kingattax


19 posted on 05/31/2014 4:57:30 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: kingattax

Veterans dieing due to lack of care, but we have to fork over our tax money for a pervert... I’m just wondering when the first shot it going to be fired in the upcoming civil war. My personal opinion is that a lot of normal folks are getting tired of this kind of BS, and its going to get very ugly one of these days.


20 posted on 05/31/2014 5:01:02 AM PDT by mikefive (RLTW)
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To: metesky

Madame Dufarge (67) and I (70) have decided to change places after 47 years of marriage.
We’ll let you know how the next 47 work out...

One plus is between the two of you, all the necessary parts are in house.


21 posted on 05/31/2014 5:06:57 AM PDT by bytesmith
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To: Mark17

It really doesn’t huh? Hard to believe that people who’ve been one sex or the other their whole lives would want to change it in their older age. Even harder to believe that the stupid government would opt to pay for the elective procedure.

I’m reminded of a letter my dermatologist wrote years ago to the insurance company on my behalf regarding it being beneficial to my rosacea that I get light therapy treatments. Denied of course. Even upon appeal. So I suffered for YEARS with flushed, burning, scaly facial skin on nose and inner cheek areas. The treatments did become affordable but by that time the issue was under control with a prescribed skin supplement.

I can’t believe that just because a disorder/disease happens to be external, therefor affecting one’s appearance, they deem it “cosmetic.”


22 posted on 05/31/2014 5:11:54 AM PDT by kelly4c (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2900389%2C41#help)
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To: Soul of the South

My dad can’t get a hearing aid. What about HIS quality of life? But they’ll pay for someone to have their genitals reconfigured/mutilated so they can be the opposite of what mother nature made them. I just don’t get it. For that matter some old lady whose boobs have shrunk and who always felt like a busty female on the “inside” should be able to get implants.


23 posted on 05/31/2014 5:20:10 AM PDT by kelly4c (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2900389%2C41#help)
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To: bytesmith
One plus is between the two of you, all the necessary parts are in house.

She says I'm a cheap Greek, I prefer the term economical.

24 posted on 05/31/2014 5:22:05 AM PDT by metesky (My investment program is holding steady @ $0.05 cents a can.)
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To: kingattax

If it takes you 65 years to finally realize that you have been going into the wrong restroom all these years it’s not a sex change operation that is needed —


25 posted on 05/31/2014 5:24:20 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: kingattax

Elective surgery is covered now? Yippee! I want a tummy tuck!!


26 posted on 05/31/2014 10:56:03 AM PDT by jch10 (The Democrat mascot shouldnÂ’t be the donkey; it should be the tick.)
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To: kingattax

So a 75-year-old patient gets turned down for a hip replacement, but not for a sex change?


27 posted on 05/31/2014 10:58:09 AM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: kingattax

Next thing you know, they will be pulling people out of coffins and performing sex-changes posthumously.


28 posted on 05/31/2014 11:08:18 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Chode

LOL. no anesthesia either, right ?


29 posted on 05/31/2014 11:38:30 AM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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30 posted on 05/31/2014 11:40:10 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: kingattax
none... well, maybe a mallet to the head, but that's it
31 posted on 05/31/2014 5:04:54 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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