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Maine lawmakers support mandating MaineCare pay for gender-affirming care

AP News| DP News Staff | June 20, 2023

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Both chambers of the Maine Legislature approved a bill requiring MaineCare to cover gender-affirming care, a policy that’s already in practice but is not required by law.

The Senate voted 23-10 on Tuesday to advance the proposal. The House approved the bill 75-65 on Friday. Further votes are needed before the bill goes to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills.

The Mills administration already added coverage for mental health counseling, surgery and hormone treatments for low-income residents under MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program. The bill would codify that policy as state law by prohibiting MaineCare from declining to reimburse someone for “medically necessary treatment for or related to gender dysphoria.”

Maine’s actions come as a growing number of states seek to ban gender-affirming care.

Twenty states restrict gender-affirming care for people under 18, and about a half-dozen other states are considering bans on gender-affirming care for minors, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Source: Maine lawmakers support mandating MaineCare pay for gender-affirming care (msn.com)

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