Medicare Ends Blanket Ban On Sex Change Surgeries

May 31, 2014 4:30 PM

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A review panel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the three-decade-long blanket ban on treatments covered by the national health program for the elderly and disabled was based on outdated scientific evidence that questioned the effectiveness and safety of the operation.

Ruling in favor of army veteran Denee Mallon, whose request for sex change surgery was denied in May 2013, the panel said "transsexual surgery is an effective treatment option for (gender identity disorder) in appropriate cases."

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