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Transgender Patients Angry Wisconsin Medicaid Doesn’t Cover Reassignment Surgery, Sue State

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Under Wisconsin’s current Medicaid program, reassignment surgery for transgender patients is not covered, a fact that has many in the LGBT community absolutely furious.

In response to what many feel is unfair exclusion, a lawsuit by two residents has been filed against the state health department.

The lawsuit states that excluding transgender reassignment surgery “flies in the face of the medical consensus that gender-confirming medical care is the only safe and effective medical treatment for gender dysphoria, and wholly disregards the harms of denying transgender people access to critical and often life-saving care.”

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The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Cody Flack and Sara Makenzie. Flack is a 30-year-old transgender man, and Makenzie is a 41-year-old transgender woman.

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Both of them rely on federal benefits for their basic needs, including health care. They both have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, meaning they have been diagnosed as having a gender identity that conflicts with their biological sex.

They have already gone through some gender transitions such as hormone therapy, and want to get gender reassignment surgery, having received recommendations from their doctors to do so in order to “alleviate their ongoing symptoms of gender dysphoria.”

Neither of them can afford the out-of-pocket cost for gender reassignment surgery, but a state regulation “expressly prohibits Wisconsin Medicaid coverage for ‘transsexual surgery’ or ‘drugs, including hormone therapy, associated with transsexual surgery or medically unnecessary alterations of sexual anatomy or characteristics.”

The two residents claim that excluding this procedure violates the comparability and availability requirements of the Medicaid program, the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, and the Affordable Care Act.

The hope is that the lawsuit will result in the exclusion of gender reassignment surgery from being covered in the Medicaid program being labeled discriminatory, leading to an injunction that will keep the state from enforcing the exclusion.

Oh, and of course, they are seeking some cash for damages related to “economic and non-economic injuries arising from being denied medically necessary health care coverage.”

Source: TheBlaze

 

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Two students who attend the University of Connecticut have been arrested and charged with hate crimes after they were recorded walking outside student apartments saying racial slurs, according to a report released by the Washington Post. Jarred Karal and Ryan Mucaj, both 21-year-old white students, have been charged with the misdemeanor of ridicule on account of creed, religion, color, denomination, nationality or race for violating a state statute concerning hate crimes. Here’s more from TheBlaze: The students also face potential discipline from the school, even possible expulsion, for violating the student code of conduct, UConn President Thomas C. Katsouleas said in a statement. “It is supportive of our core values to pursue accountability, through due process, for an egregious assault on our community that has caused considerable harm,” Katsouleas said. Karal and Mucaj, and a third unnamed student who was not charged, were walking by student housing and playing a game in which they yelled offensive words. According to the incident report, Karal and Mucaj began saying “n****” as they walked by student housing, and someone in the apartments began recording. The video captured of the incident went viral earlier this month, which sparked outrage among students and faculty. The video eventually made it into the hands of law enforcement. If you have any information about this racist recording at UConn. Please email [email protected] We will not tolerate racist behavior on this campus ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼 https://twitter.com/naacpuconn/status/1182821535670648833 The university NAACP has asked the school to take action against the students involved in the incident in order to make an example of them and allow other students to know that such behavior is unacceptable. Here’s a snippet from a letter the NAACP wrote to the university: “If the university does not adequately address and handle these occurrences of racism appropriately, it will create…

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