California to facilitate mastectomies for young girls in the name of progress

The Post Millennial – by Matthew Miller

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara asked the Department of Insurance to issue a General Counsel Opinion Letter clarifying that gender dysphoric individuals cannot legally be denied chest reconstructive surgery solely based on their age in the state of California, meaning those under 18-years-old would be able to qualify for such procedures.

“For far too long, individuals diagnosed with gender dysphoria have had to battle a host of challenges to get access to gender-affirming care in order to be their true selves,” said Commissioner Lara.

“Social stigma, misconceptions about gender dysphoria and its treatment, and outdated medical criteria create barriers to necessary medical care that can lead to tragic results for individuals with gender dysphoria, especially for our transgender youth,” he continued.

While California law already contains protections against insurance companies barring patients from receiving these procedures, recent complaints from young people and parents that some health insurance companies are wrongfully blocking patients from these procedures have brought on the need to legally affirm these protections, a press release from the California Department of Insurance says.

“To be proactive, health insurance companies should evaluate their coverage criteria for gender dysphoria treatment and eliminate any noncompliant practices to avoid needlessly delaying and interfering with medical care recommended by a patient’s doctor,” the press release reads.

The Department confirmed that age cannot be a determining factor for insurance companies providing coverage for mastectomies or reconstructive surgery thereafter in response to an inquiry from San Diego’s TransFamily Support Services regarding repeated coverage denials of female-male transitioning patients, the press release states.

“TransFamily Support Services is proud to partner with the California Department of Insurance to remove the age barrier for gender-affirming care,” Kathie Moehlig said, Executive Director at TransFamily Support Services.

“This barrier was discriminatory and detrimental to the lives of trans youth. To have to navigate the overwhelming barriers to health care should not be a part of their experience. Transgender youth already face so many challenges from unsupportive families, bullying at school, social stigmas, and even violence,” she continued.

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2 thoughts on “California to facilitate mastectomies for young girls in the name of progress

  1. Re: “… gender dysphoric individuals cannot legally be denied chest reconstructive surgery solely based on their age in the state of California, meaning those under 18-years-old would be able to qualify for such procedures.”

    So I’m about to wind down for the evening and then I come across this headline. How is the whole world not screaming, “GROSS AND ABUSIVE CHILD MUTILATION?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” And with the insurance companies set to make tons of money off the innocent victims. And what about parent’s rights? The state (corporation) is moving in to fully take over. They’d have us own nothing, not even our kids. Yeah, tragically, some parents are going along.

    Every day I’m thankful for the parents who have shielded their children from this onslaught, both through home-schooling and by setting up whatever boundaries they can to protect those beautiful, still forming, young minds. They have no easy job since the onslaught is coming in from all angles. I knew communism would grow more and more ruthless, but never dreamed it would go all the way to coerced child mutilation/alteration. Coercion comes in many disguises, often with a hug and a smile. I see horror stories ahead for these families 10 to 15 years from now. It won’t be easy to witness. Well, one more reason to fight harder, but tonight I’m just kinda sad.

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