State insurance must pay for gender-denying surgeries

A federal court has determined that state health care plans must pay for surgeries for males who wish to appear as females and vice versa.

The ruling comes amid heated debate over whether it is safe for children to receive life-altering surgeries and treatments for a condition called dysphoria, classified as a mental disorder.

The court’s decision was specific to health care plans run by North Carolina and West Virginia.

The judge who made the ruling called the state’s policies that limited some coverage “obviously discriminatory.”

Transgender advocates say the questioned treatments are lifesaving and necessary.

Opponents say some of the treatments are unproven and/or dangerous.

Arkansas and Mississippi have written policies allowing insurers to deny coverage for the controversial treatments.

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