Judge: Iowa Medicaid denial of gender affirmation surgery unlawful
BPC Staff Nov 23, 2021 | 4:22 pm
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Associated Press: An Iowa law that prohibits Medicaid coverage for gender confirmation surgeries for transgender residents violates state law and the state constitution, a judge ruled in a decision made public Monday. Judge William Kelly ordered the Iowa Department of Human Services to provide coverage for sex reassignment surgeries when ordered to treat gender dysphoria, a psychological distress that results from an incongruence between one’s sex assigned at birth and one’s gender identity. Kelly said state and federal courts in the past 16 years have found that gender identity discrimination is a form of sex discrimination which is prohibited under civil rights laws. He also found the law violated the equal protection clause of the state constitution.