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Transgender Women Sue Georgia Medicaid for Surgery Exclusion (1)

June 25, 2021, 1:05 PMUpdated: June 25, 2021, 7:02 PM

Georgia Medicaid’s categorical refusal to pay for transgender people’s gender confirming surgeries is discriminatory and unlawful, two transgender state residents say in a federal court lawsuit.

Delshone Thomas and Gwendolyn Cheney filed a proposed class action against the Georgia Department of Community Health and Commissioner Frank W. Berry in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The suit challenges Georgia Medicaid’s “transsexual surgery” coverage exclusion.

Health-care providers prescribed surgery for both Thomas and Cheney to treat their gender dysphoria—a recognized medical condition in which a patient feels distress as a the result of a mismatch between one’s ...

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