N.Y. governor: Insurance companies must cover sex reassignment surgery

December 13, 2014 9:50 PM

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N.Y. governor: Insurance companies must cover sex reassignment surgery

Gov. Andrew Cuomo mandated that insurance companies can no longer deny sex reassignment surgery, since state law requires treatment for psychological disorders.

The rule, based on state laws requiring the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders, would open the door for transgender patients to obtain transitional operations as well as other treatments. Insurance companies have largely seen such surgeries as cosmetic in nature.

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