Gender surgery can be covered

June 1, 2014 7:08 AM

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Gender surgery can be covered

Ruling in favor of a 74-year-old transgender Army veteran whose request to have Medicare pay for her genital reconstruction was denied two years ago, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services review board said there was no justification for a three-decade-old agency rule excluding such surgeries from treatments covered by the national health program for the elderly and disabled.

"Sometimes I am asked aren't I too old to have surgery. My answer is how old is too old?" the veteran, Denee Mallon, of Albuquerque, N.M., said in an e-mail interview before the board issued its decision. "When people ask if I am too old, it feels like they are implying that it's a 'waste of money' ...

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