Oregon Medicaid to cover gender reassignment

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Medicaid program will soon cover gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy and other treatments for transgender patients.

A panel of health experts on Thursday added gender dysphoria to the list of treatments covered by the Oregon Health Plan, Oregon's version of Medicaid. The program provides health coverage for nearly 1 million people in Oregon.

Officials estimate that about 175 Medicaid patients will seek treatment for gender dysphoria per year at a cost of less than $150,000.

The advocacy group Basic Rights Oregon calls the decision "an historic step forward toward fairness and equality for transgender Oregonians."

The coverage for gender dysphoria is set to begin Jan. 1.

Oregon insurance regulators have previously ordered private insurance companies to cover treatments for gender dysphoria, which was previously known as gender identity disorder.

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