Court rules Medicaid must provide transgender surgeries

by ian

A US appeals court ruled recently that state healthcare companies must provide transgender services to patients.

The ruling came based on two lower court rulings which held that both North Carolina and West Virginia’s Medicaid programs discriminated against patients who were seeking transgender surgeries.

Virginia-based 4th Circuit Judge Roger Gregory, a Bill Clinton appointee, ruled that refusing to perform “medically necessary” treatments for these patients was “obviously discriminatory.”

The judge equated cancer patients getting a mastectomy with those who suffer from gender dysphoria and want their breasts removed. He argued that if cancer patients can receive these treatments, transgender people should, too.

Both North Carolina and West Virginia said they would fight to preserve their Medicaid programs. West Virginia is planning to appeal to the Supreme Court.