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US: Medicare Lawsuit Win Allows Gender Reassignment Surgery for Seniors

A landmark legal case in the United States means that senior transgender Americans can now avail of gender reassignment surgery through Medicaid.

Denee Mallon, 74, was the first to undergo gender reassignment surgery, paid for by Medicaid. The operation was made possible after Ms. Mallon challenged the U.S. government’s insurance program to lift its ban on covering such procedures for transgender patients.

According to NBC News:

Mallon’s victory opened the door for other seniors to access this care and may influence whether more insurers – private and public – will cover them. LGBT advocates also hailed her case as another step forward to securing equal rights for transgender people.

Ms Mallon, from New Mexico, spoke to the American channel two days after her operation in Chicago, and said that the procedure now made her feel “complete”:

“I feel congruent, like I’m finally one complete human being where my body matches my innermost feelings, my psyche. I feel complete.”

The above video is a clip from NBC, where Mallon is interviewed about how she always felt transgender, even at a time when the term would not have been used.

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