REPORT: VA secretary asked to reconsider funding banned surgery

BY KAT SHEPHERD / SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 /

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Eighty-two House Democratic congressmen and one Republican have petitioned Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to reverse the agency’s ban on sex reassignment surgery after a two-month public comment period.

In a letter to Wilkie last week, the representatives wrote that “it is unconscionable to deny veterans the same access to health care services that civilians receive in the private sector, and that is available to Medicare beneficiaries and federal workers, simply because of outdated and unscientific prejudice against their gender identity.”

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Transgender veterans are currently able to get treatment before and after gender reassignment surgery, but the department will not cover the actual procedure. VA officials have discussed covering the surgery since the idea was first proposed in 2016 under former President Barack Obama and then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter who lifted the ban on transgender people openly serving in the military that year.

Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., is leading the effort to have the policy changed. She said in a statement that it was “unacceptable that we would ask our veterans to risk their lives to protect our rights but we would refuse to defend theirs in return.”

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6 Comments

  1. SALLY ENDERLE September 12th, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    If people want sex change they should do it on their dime not the taxpayers. Is the government going to give me free face lift or a boob job. Hell no.

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  2. Alyce Larson September 12th, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    NO peckerectomies or addadicktomies should be funded with State or Federal funds, including Medicare, Medicaid or VAm. ZERO. If you want one, YOU pay for it!

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  3. AFMomXs2 September 12th, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    NO NO AND HELL NO!!!!! You want to be in the Freak Parade then buy your own ticket.

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  4. Michelle September 12th, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    No way. Total bs.
    This was not caused by your service to our country. Unacceptable that these individuals have a mental defect

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  5. Jean September 13th, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Just NO.

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  6. Louis September 14th, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Elective surgery is not covered by insurance companies nor by medicare. I had cancer surgery and as a result had a colostomy. I was told that after chemo treatments were done, that it could be reversed. The VA told me that it was a elective surgery and would not pay to have it done. My options were to live with a shit bag hanging off my belly for the rest of my life or pay for the surgery myself. My surgeon (a fellow Veteran) donated his service, but I still had a hospital bill for $110,000 that I am paying off each month. If they approve this elective sex reconstructive surgery, I will be expecting the VA to repay me my out of pocket expenses.

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