Iowa Court Ruling Calls for Transgender Surgery Medicaid Coverage

Via ACLU of Iowa Facebook

An Iowa judge ruled in favor of two transgender women being able to have their gender reassignment surgery covered by Medicaid.

Plaintiffs Carol Ann Beal and EerieAnna Good won over the Iowa Department of Human Service in Polk County court, according to KCCI. Iowa law previously said that the procedure could not be covered because it was thought of as cosmetic instead of medically necessary.

"We are extremely relieved for our clients who now, after a very long wait, can finally get the care that they need, that all of our doctors agree is medically necessary for them," ACLU of Iowa legal director Rita Bettis said.

The state has 30 days to file an appeal on the decision. According to KCCI, a spokesperson for Iowa’s attorney general’s office said the state would not decide whether to appeal yet.

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