Transgender surgeries on the rise as more insurers cover the operations, first-of-its-kind study finds

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Gender-affirming surgeries are on a steep rise in the US, according to the first study of its kind.

Genital operations increased four-fold between 2000 and 2014 for patients with government-subsidized health insurance alone.

Estimates - Americans - Transgender

According to the most recent estimates, more than 1.3 million Americans identify as transgender.

Based on the new report from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, more and more of that population is seeking surgery to align their anatomies with their identities as they gain insurance coverage for their operations.

Transgender - Issues - Rights - Service - Care

Transgender issues – including civil rights, military service, or medical care – have come to the forefront of the public eye in the last several years.

After President Trump attempted to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military last year, the first openly transgender person officially signed up for service earlier this week.

Health - Insurance - Providers - Surgeries - Gender-affirmation

But until very recently, health insurance providers have refused to cover surgeries for gender-affirmation.

Until 2014, Medicare did not cover gender transition-related surgeries.

Study - JAMA - Surgery - Week - Authors

In the new study, published in JAMA surgery this week, the authors suggest that the introduction of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act that year may have contributed to broader coverage and the dramatic increase in the surgeries.

‘This expansion of coverage may represent an important first step in enabling transgender patients to access previously unaffordable, yet necessary, gender-affirming care,’ the study authors wrote.

Gender-affirmation - Surgeries - Range - Procedures - Appearance

Gender-affirmation surgeries include a broad range of procedures to alter the appearance of physical features to more closely align with a person’s identity. They range from breast augmentations and reductions to body contouring and **** construction, among others.

The health effects of undergoing these...
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