Insurance coverage for gender dysphoria

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24 Oct 2016 - General

Recently, I read this article that the New York State Department of Health passed a rule on allowing government insurance (MedicAid) to shoulder the expenses of hormonal treatment for adolescent patients with gender dysphoria. At present, MedicAid only covers treatment for adults afflicted with this condition. This issue is controversial because past legislators were not convinced that hormonal treatment were necessary to treat this condition among young individuals. However, experts agree that this may help in reducing the number of unnecessary gender reassignment surgeries, by controlling the patient's symptoms early on. Puberty may also be a traumatic experience for someone who thinks that he should belong to another gender thats why specialists think that pubertal suppressants will help in treating patients with gender dyphoria. Do you think that this condition should be covered by health insurances? What about gender reassignment surgery? 

The first signs of gender dysphoria can appear at a very young age. For example, a child may refuse to wear typical boys' or girls' clothes, or dislike taking part in typical boys' or girls' games and activities.
In most cases, this type of behaviour is just a normal part of growing up and will pass in time, but for those with gender dysphoria it continues through childhood and into adulthood. Treating these cases is better in their early cases of course. But the treatment li...
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