Cuomo administration rejects Medicaid sex-changes

September 30, 2011 - 3:05 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A day after a New York advisory panel recommended Medicaid coverage for transgender surgery, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's health department says the proposal would be rejected.

State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah says Friday that no consideration is being given to using government Medicaid funds to pay for "gender reassignment surgery."

A day before, the working group for Cuomo's Medicaid Redesign Task Force had proposed to "provide Medicaid coverage for transgender surgery/hormone replacement therapy and treatment."

Cuomo's immediate response Thursday was less definitive, saying simply he hadn't yet reviewed any recommendations from the working group.

The working group's proposal was first reported by the New York Post.