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NBC News: Iowa Supreme Court rules that Medicaid can cover sex reassignment surgery

Posted: 9:19 AM, Mar 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-18 14:51:18Z
Mark Cady

DES MOINES, Iowa — NBC News and the Associated Press report that the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Friday in favor of two transgender women, effectively striking down the state’s ban on Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgery.

The decision stems from the case of two women, EerieAnna Good and Carol Anne Beal, who suffer from gender dysphoria, and their medical providers said getting sex reassignment surgery was necessary to treat them, the report said.

The report goes on to say that Beal and Good were first denied to have the surgery under the state's Medicaid program.

In 2017, Beal and Good sued the agency and in June of that year, a Judicial District 5 Court ruled that a "1995 Iowa Department of Human Services policy denying Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgery violates the state’s 2007 Civil Rights Act, which added gender identity to the state’s list of protected classes," the report said.

On Friday, the Iowa State Supreme Court upheld the lower court's decision, saying "that Good and Beal were denied sex reassignment surgery because they were 'related to gender identity disorders'," the NBC report said.

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