What is “Intersex Surgery?” Oregon’s Health Plan Now Covers It
Intersex surgery is how the Oregon Health Plan (Obamacare) classifies a variety of gender "reassignment" surgical procedures.
As of this month, Oregon's Health Plan will now cover operations to treat people who suffer from what is known as "gender dysphoria." If you make under 138% of the federal poverty standard, you are covered. For a single person, that's $16,135 a year.
Here's a list of what is now covered under Oregon's taxpayer funded plan:
- Hormone therapy
- Puberty blockers
- Hormone blockers
- Amputation of penis
- Intersex surgery (both from male to female and female to male)
- Construction of artificial vagina
The Oregon plan, like Washington's and other states that have implemented Obamacare is essentially taxpayer funded, because although the money flows through a confusing myriad of agencies, it starts with taxpayer money. Some of the funds come from those who pay premiums to the insurance companies, but the vast majority of those who've enrolled in the state exchanges make so little they are covered for free at taxpayer expense.
Critics say whatever a person wants to do with their body and gender is up to them, a private decision. But, it's not the responsibility of taxpayers or others to foot the bill. A personal decision, a personal bill.
So what was once considered largely elective surgery, or at least procedures to be covered by one's own personal insurance, is now the responsibility of other Oregonians. And, according to sources, it's free if you don't make much money.