A federal judge has ruled that the state of Wisconsin’s Medicaid program has to pay for transgender surgery and treatment, striking down a 1997 law that exempted transgender treatments and surgeries from Medicaid coverage.
The Obama-appointed judge said the 1997 law violated federal law, including the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare; the federal Medicaid Act; and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Wisconsin will not appeal the ruling and will settle with the named plaintiffs in the case.
Transgender surgeries can cost upwards of $100,000, and transgender men and women must remain on hormone-blocking drugs for the rest of their lives.
Hundreds of transgender adults have reportedly detransitioned years after their surgeries, saying that the surgery didn’t resolve their gender dysphoria.