Regional administrators now need to decide whether or not Medicare will pay for sex-change operations as the federal board overturned the national policy of not covering the surgery.
15 regional contractors that administer Medicare can now decide whether or not the surgeries are covered, without having to respect a national policy.
Aaron Albright, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesman said in an e-mail sent to CNN that the contractors can cover the operations as a local coverage or as a case-by-case. This means that it may be possible that Medicare would cover at least a portion of the sex-change operations in some US regions.
ACLU, NCLR and GLAD praise the decision and issued a joint statement in which they highlight that the operation is needed for people suffering from gender dysphoria.
While regional contractors now have all the power, no official statement was released about what will be covered and what will not be covered through Medicare. Expectations are high and the belief is that at least part of the costs will be covered.