Posted BY: RM | NwoReport

West Virginia ‘s Medicaid program is required to cover gender transition surgeries for transgender residents, a federal judge in Huntington ruled this week.

U.S. District Judge Chuck Chambers ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by LGBT interest group Lambda Legal, saying that a Medicaid exclusion for low-income residents with gender dysphoria would violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, the Affordable Care Act, and the Medicaid Act.

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“It is undisputed that the criteria determining whether or not such treatment is covered under the Medicaid Program hinges on a diagnosis — but when treatment is precluded for a diagnosis based on one’s gender identity, such exclusion invidiously discriminates on the basis of sex and transgender status,” Chambers, an appointee of former President Bill Clinton , wrote in Tuesday’s 30-page opinion.

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