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Medicare could pay for sex-changes

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Medicare may pay for sex-changes. (Source:CNN) Medicare may pay for sex-changes. (Source:CNN)

(CNN) - The decision on whether Medicare will pay for sex-change operations is now in the hands of Regional Administrators.

That's thanks to a decision Friday by the Departmental Appeals Board of the Department of Health and Human Services.

It overturned a national policy of not covering such surgeries.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) responded with a joint statement praising the move.

The groups say this decision is 'consistent with the consensus of the medical and scientific community that access to gender transition-related care is medically necessary for many people with gender dysphoria.'

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