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Medicaid To Cover Trans Surgery In Illinois

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker says Illinois will begin covering gender reassignment surgeries under Medicaid.

Most states  provide health care related to gender-transition.  Illinois was one of last 10 holdouts. 

That's according to Dr. Magda Houlbergcof Howard Brown Health Care, which is the largest LGBTQ health care system in the Midwest.

Houlberg said the exclusion discriminates again trans and gender-nonconforming people in violation of Affordable Care Act guidelines.

“Illinois really took a leadership role in doing this. This is a  huge step forward for trans health.”

Houlberg says an estimate shows there are about  4,000 to  10,000 trans people in Illinois who could be helped under the new guidelines, set to take effect this summer.

Maureen Foertsch McKinney is lead editor of Illinois Issues' feature articles, working with freelance writers, and covering the equity beat. Maureen joined the Illinois Issues in 1998 as projects editor. Previously, she worked at three Illinois daily newspapers, most recently the suburban Chicago-based Daily Herald, where she served stints as an education reporter and copy editor. She graduated in 1985 with a bachelor's in journalism. She also has a master's degree in English from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
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