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suzifrommd:
The U.S. Government is considering a standard requiring all Gender Reassignment Surgeries to be covered under Medicare.

We have only 30 days from December 3 to comment on their proposal. Anyone can comment by visiting this page:

https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/nca-tracking-sheet.aspx?DocID=282&DocType=nca&DocName=Gender+Dysphoria+and+Gender+Reassignment+Surgery&NCAId=282&bc=AAAAAAAAAAEAAA%3d%3d&

Just click on the orange comment button near the top of the page.

For details on the policy, follow the link in this news posting: https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,200326.0.html

This is our ONE CHANCE to make our voices heard.

AnonyMs:
Given that there's only 30 days and its scheduled at the end of the year over the Christmas/New Year breaks I think I can guess what answer the government intends to hear.

sparrow:
Ugh.  These requests for public commentary are typically pretty ineffectual.  From the website:


--- Quote ---We are particularly interested in comments that include scientific evidence and that address the breadth of the request.
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The majority of their attention is spent reading the opinion of "experts," who tend to be moneyed lobby groups and interested businesspeople out to make a buck.  Lots of those businesspeople might be doctors & health clinics in this case, so that could be a good thing.  If anybody knows psychologists and surgeons personally, please send this along to them.

suzifrommd:

--- Quote from: AnonyMs on December 05, 2015, 05:43:07 pm ---Given that there's only 30 days and its scheduled at the end of the year over the Christmas/New Year breaks I think I can guess what answer the government intends to hear.

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--- Quote from: sparrow on December 05, 2015, 06:02:45 pm ---Ugh.  These requests for public commentary are typically pretty ineffectual.

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 :eusa_wall:

This is our chance to be heard. If you don't want to comment, don't comment. But please don't discourage people who actually do want to help our community by helping our collective voice be heard.

Here is what I sent in:
--- Quote ---It should be the right of every human being to be whole.

If a cisgender person damaged his/her genitals, there would be no question whether that should be covered under any health care policy.

Transgender people should be allowed the same access. Due to an accident of birth, our body shape is not consistent with our gender. Making our body whole for someone of our gender should be covered in the same way it would be if anyone else were injured in a way that required their genitals to be repaired to be made whole.

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sparrow:

--- Quote from: suzifrommd on December 07, 2015, 05:28:12 pm ---This is our chance to be heard. If you don't want to comment, don't comment. But please don't discourage people who actually do want to help our community by helping our collective voice be heard.

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:eusa_wall:

I believe that I suggested a more effective way to help our cause, as a result of reading the page you linked to and having some familiarity with how the federal government works.  The government's actuaries need data before they can budget for these surgeries.  That's what they're asking for.

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