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Massachusetts to remove barriers to transgender related healthcare

| Friday, June 20, 2014
Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.)
BOSTON -- A range of gender identity treatments — including hormone therapy and gender-reassignment surgery — could soon be covered in both private insurance and in public programs for Massachusetts residents. [caption id="attachment_144308" align="alignright" width="450"] Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.)[/caption] The Patrick administration said Friday that...

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New York state sued over lack of transgender Medicaid coverage

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
New-York
NEW YORK -- A lawsuit filed Thursday against New York state seeks Medicaid coverage for transgender people seeking what they consider to be life-saving health treatments, including gender change procedures. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan against the state health commissioner, seeks class-action status on behalf of ...

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Miami Beach to offer transgender healthcare benefits for city workers

| Monday, June 16, 2014
Miami-Beach
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- The City of Miami Beach will be the first municipality in Florida to offer transgender benefits to city employees. The city commission voted unanimously last week to offer the coverage, which takes effect in October.

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AMA advises surgery should not be a requirement for birth certificate changes

| Monday, June 9, 2014
AMA
CHICAGO -- The American Medical Association on Monday said transgender people should be able to switch the sex designation on their birth certificates without having sex-change surgery. Most states make the operations a prerequisite, but a new AMA policy acknowledges that gender identity doesn't always match a person's birth anatomy.

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Medicare coverage ban on gender reassignment surgery lifted

| Friday, May 30, 2014
HHS-seal
SAN FRANCISCO — Transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for gender reassignment surgeries, a U.S. Department of Health and Services review board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures as a medically necessary and effective treatment for individuals who do not identify with their biological sex.

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Rochester to cover gender reassignment for transgender city workers

| Sunday, May 18, 2014
Rochester-NY
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Officials in Rochester, N.Y., say their city will extend transition-related health coverage to transgender and gender non-conforming municipal employees.

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Israel to lower minimum age requirement for gender reassignment surgery

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Israel
JERUSALEM, Israel – Israel’s Ministry of Health on Tuesday said it was lowering the the minimum age requirement to be approved for a sex change from 21 to 18.

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Canadian judge rules surgery requirement violates transgender rights

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Alberta-Canada
EDMONTON, Alberta -- A judge in Canada has ruled that a provincial law requiring transgender individuals to undergo gender reassignment surgery before they can change their birth certificates is unconstitutional and can no longer be enforced.

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Sex change surgeon in conservative South Korea: ‘I correct God’s mistakes’

| Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Ahn Young-joon, APDr. Kim Seok-Kwun talks with an unidentified patient at Dong-A University Hospital in Busan, South Korea. Dr. Kim is a pioneer in slowly changing views on sexuality and gender in the country, where many have long considered even discussions of sexuality a taboo.
BUSAN, South Korea -- As Dr. Kim Seok-Kwun begins surgery to create a functioning penis for a Buddhist monk who was born female, he is well aware of the unease his work creates in this deeply conservative country. The devout Protestant known as the "father of South Korean transgender people" once wrestled with similar feelings.

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear cases relating to employers’ religious beliefs

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases next week that test the degree to which employers may use their personal religious beliefs to deny certain health coverage for employees. Neither case involves any LGBT-related health coverage; but the decisions in both may affect whether employers will be able to cite religious beliefs to deny such services as alternative insemination and gender reassignment.

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