Doe v. Dallas (USA)

A transgender man, who is a Medicaid-eligible resident of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, has filed a lawsuit against the PA Department of Human Services Secretary, Theodore Dallas.  The lawsuit, filed under the pseudonym “John Doe,” claims that the denial of Doe’s request for a hysterectomy to treat gender dysphoria (“GD”) constitutes a violation of civil rights, citing “The Medicaid Act mandates that a state plan provide for making medical assistance available to all categorically needy individuals by providing, at minimum, medically necessary physician, hospital and other services, and also provide, at a minimum, payments for such services…”  The lawsuit also specifies “Medically necessary procedures for GD Treatment may include hormone or other prescriptions, therapy, Gender Confirmation Surgery (“GCS” or “bottom surgery”), breast implants or removal (“top surgery”), and others, including hysterectomy, genital reconstruction, and plastic surgery, as appropriate and prescribed and medically necessary for the particular person.”  Although gender reassignment surgeries have not been covered by Medicaid historically, the federal Department of Health and Human Services lifted the official ban on coverage of these treatments in May 2014.  Doe’s lawsuit seeks not only compensatory and punitive damages and Medicaid coverage of treatment for Doe’s GD, but also asks the judge to end the state’s ban on covering treatment for GD for other Medicaid-eligible individuals.

Transgender man sues state to pay for hysterectomy – The Morning Call

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