Washington D.C. – Tis` the season for transgender – or so it seems. First the controversial Time Magazine cover featuring actress Laverne Cox; now Medicare is hopping on the train of change. The agency has snipped the 33-year ban on coverage for transgender surgeries.
Upon the announcement, organizations such as the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the National Center for Lesbian Rights released this statement:
‘[This decision is] consistent with the consensus of the medical and scientific community that access to gender transition-related care is medically necessary for many people with Gender Dysphoria.’
The change doesn`t necessarily mean the government will come out of pocket and pay for such procedures. An authorization process will be implemented.
Regardless, the decision is one small step for man-woman kind.