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Transgender Patients Worry They’ll Be Trapped If Trump Revokes Insurance Protections

The Trump administration is working to revise a section of the health law that says federally funded health programs cannot discriminate on the basis of sex, which the Obama administration made clear required states to cover transgender care through their Medicaid programs.

Stat: Transgender Patients Fear Losing Care As Trump Rewrites Health Care Rules
Jyn Dao is scared. His bottom surgery — needed to realign the female genitalia he was born with to his male identity — is scheduled. But it’s not happening until January. And like many trans men and women, he’s afraid President Trump will soon revoke protections in federal law that ensure his surgery is affordable. ...The Obama administration made clear that this provision required states to cover transgender care through their Medicaid programs. Now, however, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has told a federal court that he’s reworking the rule and won’t enforce it in the meantime. (McFarling, 9/5)

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