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Feds say Medicare must cover sex reassignment surgery – State Insurance Commissioner prepares to follow suit

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The Obama administration ended a 33-year ban on Medicare funding sex reassignment surgery on May 31, when the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Departmental Appeals Board (DAB) ruled that excluding such surgery from coverage is ‘no longer reasonable.’ Kara Klotz, spokesperson for Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, told SGN that the Commissioner was preparing to bring statewide insurance coverage into line with the federal ruling. ‘We are evaluating what our options are as far as notifying insurance carriers that they should cover [sex reassignment surgery],’ Klotz said. ‘The Commissioner believes it is an equality issue and a consumer issue we have to deal with.’ The Commissioner’s office will issue a public statement ‘soon,’ Klotz said, ‘hopefully this month.’ The Washington State Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB)

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