Federal Judge Orders State to Pay for Gender Reassignment Surgery for Medicaid Recipients

Wisconsin must pay the gender reassignment surgery for two transgender Medicaid recipients, a federal judge in Madison has ruled. . .

Cody Flack of Green Bay and Sara Ann Makenzie of Baraboo filed a lawsuit in April that claimed that Wisconsin’s denial of coverage for transgender surgeries violated the Affordable Care Act and their “equal protection rights,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. . .

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Conley granted a preliminary injunction to bar enforcement of the rule. Conley also suggested the injunction be expanded to include “any transgender Medicaid patient whose doctor recommends the surgery,” according to the report.

“The likelihood of ongoing, irreparable harm facing these two individual plaintiffs outweighs any marginal impacts on the defendants’ stated concerns regarding public health or limiting costs,” Conley wrote in a 39-page order. . .

According to the report, Flack has “cerebral palsy, uses a motorized wheelchair and “relies on Supplemental Security Income for the disabled as his sole support,” the report said. He reportedly first identified as a boy at age 5. (Read more from “Federal Judge Orders State to Pay for Gender Reassignment Surgery for Medicaid Recipients” HERE)

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