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Iowa Supreme Court rules transgender patients can use Medicaid for transition-related care

from Des Moines Register via USA Today

Transgender Iowans can use Medicaid funds to pay for transition-related care, including surgeries, according to a unanimous Iowa Supreme Court ruling Friday. The court's decision strikes down the administrative code governing Medicaid in Iowa that classifies transition-related surgeries as "cosmetic, reconstructive or plastic surgery" and explicitly bans "surgeries for the purpose of sex reassignment." The justices agreed with a district judge's ruling that the rules contradicted protections in the Iowa Civil Rights Act. more


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