VA drops planned SRS Rule saying surgery too expensive

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VA drops planned SRS

June 2016 the VA announced plans to cover Gender confirmation surgery but months later they said they have dropped those plans.

The VA had previously not offered the surgery saying that they were concerned with the safety of the operation. But after years of advocacy backed by empirical proof that transgender veterans benefit from the surgery when performed correctly, the department relented and announced plans to offer it. The proposed rules didn’t specify when it would take effect.

However, increased understanding of both gender dysphoria and surgical techniques in this area have improved significantly, and surgical procedures are now widely accepted in the medical community as medically necessary treatment for gender dysphoria,” the proposed rule said.”

According to The Stars and Stripes the Veterans Administration reversed themselves citing budget restrictions announcing that the VA will not cover SRS for Veterans.

Basically, the reason given by the VA is bullshit.

Studies have shown in Oregon where Medicaid covers SRS that offering this life-saving surgery does not increase the cost of insuring large groups of individuals..

The VA dragged their collective bureaucratic butts long enough and the opportunity presented itself to turn their transphobic backs on the few who desperately need the surgery.

When politics override the health of vets it’s time to call bullshit.

Shame on the VA.

Kelli Busey
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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli is the editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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One Response to VA drops planned SRS Rule saying surgery too expensive

  1. Jessie Miller November 23, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Massive BS. I will take my time to collect my thoughts and launch a campaign to get them to reverse this. For god sake the people that are employed to cover the Veterans are covered under their insurance, yet, the very people they service are excluded. This doesn’t fly and I will launch a very large email campaign against these people soon.