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Appeals court overturns ruling granting sex-change for convicted murderer

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Kosilek
Michelle Kosilek has waged a protracted legal battle for the surgery she says is needed to relieve the mental anguish caused by gender-identity disorder. [...]

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New Jersey bill would ease transgender birth certificate changes

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
new-jersey
Legislation has advanced that would make it easier for people who have changed their sex and names to get new birth certificates in New Jersey. [...]

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New York City drops surgery requirement for birth certificate changes

Monday, December 8, 2014
New-York
New York city has dropped its requirement for sex reassignment surgery to change the gender designation on an individual's birth certificate. [...]

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Cincinnati to cover transgender procedures under city’s health insurance

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Cincinnati, Ohio
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Medically necessary procedures related to a person's gender identity will be covered under the City of Cincinnati's health insurance starting next year. Cincinnati.com reports that City Councilman Chris Seelbach, the city’s first openly gay council member, led a council majority in signing a letter urging the change. [...]

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Md. now offers transition-related care to transgender state employees

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Maryland
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland has become only the third state in the nation to provide insurance coverage for transition-related care. The policy change, which went into effect July 1 but was only announced publicly this week, means that any state employee, retiree, or dependent will be able to access mental [...]

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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. The Patrick administration said Friday that it’s seeking to extend health care coverage for medically necessary treatments needed to [...]

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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 [...]

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