Illinois Medicaid recently announced that it will now start covering Transgender related services and surgeries.
The coverage extends to anyone 21 and over who is experiencing Gender Dysphoria. Governor Pritzker announced that Illinois would eventually make the switch in April, and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services officially made the change at the end of last month.
Meanwhile, women are often denied for many medical procedures by Medicaid and private Health Insurance as being ‘cosmetic procedures’. A perfect example of this is, Diastasis Recti.
Diastasis Recti is the partial or complete separation of the rectus abdominis, or “six-pack” muscles, which meet at the midline of your stomach. Many women, especially those who have given birth have this condition to some degree. As your belly grows in pregnancy, these muscles split, and there is no chance of them coming back once they do. A moderate to severe case increases the likelihood of hernias, but also causes a great deal of pain in most women and makes working out and ‘crunches’ uncomfortable.
The primary procedure to fix this issue is a tummy tuck, which is deemed ‘cosmetic’ more often than not. Thus, women are forced to walk around with split stomach muscles and increased hernia risk because doctors and insurance companies deem the procedure to fix it ‘cosmetic’.
So here we are, in a situation where ‘feelings’ trump ‘pain’. Insurance companies do not deem breast implants, facial reconstruction, hormones and sex reassignment surgery in Transwomen to be cosmetic because they ‘feel’ strongly that their body should match their brains.
Yet, women sit in actual pain and are ignored as being vapid or emotional for even bringing it up.
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