On Friday on Facebook there was a post that was starting to go viral about an Advocate article on how Medicare and Medicaid wants input on providing coverage for Gender Confirming Surgery. The article had a link but by the time I clicked on it the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services had taken it down…
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs the federal government's national insurance program, is reconsidering whether or not it should cover gender reassignment surgery (often called sex reassignment surgery) for transgender people who have Medicare. It has offered the public 30 days to offer opinions on the matter. Since around 48 million people are covered by Medicare, if the agency decides to allow coverage, the change would have a significant impact on transgender people in the U.S.Then the internet was abuzz with speculation on what happened. But then an article in “The Hill” started appearing in post say they closed the comments and are going to consider it internally.
This official reconsideration of coverage began yesterday and goes for 29 more days in which the public can comment.
The Health and Human Services Department said early Friday that it would accept public comments on whether to reexamine its decision not to cover sex changes.According to Mara Keisling of National Center for Transgender Equality (NTCE) -
But a spokesperson said Friday evening that the proposal has been withdrawn. HHS pulled information from its website Friday after various news media outlets reported on the issue.
The controversial decision to consider using taxpayer money to cover sex changes was sure to attract criticism from Congress.
Very good news. Earlier this evening, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decided to use a streamlined administrative process to consider to change whether Medicare covers SRS, instead of the much more cumbersome public comment process they announced on Thursday. This is very very good news and exactly what we were working for. So folks shouldn't be scrambling to submit comments. Progress.