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Nevada Extends Medicaid Coverage For Medically Necessary Transgender Surgeries

The Nevada Department of Public and Behavioral Health announced Wednesday it has amended the state’s Medicaid policy to include coverage for medically necessary surgeries for transgender individuals.

The policy went into effect on January 1 when Nevada became the 15 th state to extend this coverage in Medicaid programs.

Nevada’s Medicaid plans have covered hormone therapy and puberty suppression for the past two years.

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The department said in a statement this revised policy brings Nevada into consensus with the medical community and into federal regulations under the Affordable Care Act.

Transgender advocacy groups have worked with the state for the past three years to assist with the plan, and the budget was approved with bi-partisan support during the 2017 legislative session.