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is medstar family choice a good mco for trans related care? (maryland)

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mooncities:
hello! new to medicaid and hoping to start my transition. my partners been walking me through most of what i need to know insurance wise but, alas, he is cis. do you fellas or anyone else stumbling upon this know if i'm gonna run into any issues with medstar family choice? any better mco's you'd recommend?

Northern Star Girl:

--- Quote from: mooncities on April 25, 2021, 09:59:35 pm ---hello! new to medicaid and hoping to start my transition. my partners been walking me through most of what i need to know insurance wise but, alas, he is cis. do you fellas or anyone else stumbling upon this know if i'm gonna run into any issues with medstar family choice? any better mco's you'd recommend?

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@mooncities
Dear Mooncities
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Northern Star Girl:
@mooncities
Dear Mooncities
One more thing......
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Rakel:
All Medicaid is not the same. Each state has it's own rules. Assuming you live in a state such as California or other forward thinking state, you need to first get pre approval from Medicaid for surgery, then find a surgeon who accepts Medicaid. These are the two biggest hoops to jump through. After this all the other requirements are the same as for everyone else.

I looked at the benefits brochure and it does not specifically mention transition services, but it does talk about Rare and Expensive Case Management (REM) on page 41 that may cover your surgeries. I will provide the link to this brochure.

https://ct1.medstarhealth.org/content/uploads/sites/43/2017/12/2018-MFC_Member_Handbook.pdf

Please note that this is the 2018 brochure. You need to find the current brochure.

In my personal experience, very few people have used Medicaid for transition surgeries. The delays are numerous and there are not many surgeons who accept Medicaid. The easiest route today is to go to work for a company that has good private insurance that covers transition surgeries.

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