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Sex-change operations now covered under Medicare

Regional adminstrators now have to decide on whether medicare will pay for sex-change operations

The departmental appeals board of the Department of Health and Human Services overturned a national policy of not covering such surgeries.

The American Civil Liberties Union, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights responded with a joint statement praising the move.

The groups say that access to gender transition-related care is medically necessary for many people with gender dysphoria.