In a surprise move, Georgia’s Department of Community Health has agreed to include coverage for gender-affirming surgeries in the state’s Medicaid program as part of a settlement with two transgender women and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). 

The ACLU and its Georgia affiliate sued the department last year over its  exclusion of coverage for gender-affirming surgery, alleging that the rule violated “the constitutional rights” of transgender Medicaid beneficiaries. The lawsuit, also filed by the law firm King & Spalding on behalf of two female plaintiffs, claimed that Georgia Medicaid discriminated against them because they are transgender.   

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