Sorry, Fox News, Trans Health Care Is Affordable

The Daily Beast
By Samantha Allen
July 16, 2015

When it comes to reporting on transgender issues, Fox News might as well replace the alphabet on their keyboards with buttons that say things like “sex change,” “taxpayers,” and “concerned parents.”

Last weekend, Fox News discovered that the state of Oregon’s Medicaid program has covered transition-related health care, including sex reassignment surgery (SRS), since January and that the medical age of consent in Oregon is 15. Put these two facts together and the sensationalist headline writes itself: “Oregon allowing 15-year-olds to get state-subsidized sex-change operations.” Other outlets followed suit, kicking up a fuss about “taxpayer-funded sex change[s]” and the dispersal of “state aid” to transgender teens.

But buried near the end of the Fox News report was the admission that transgender health care for all Oregonians who access it—not just the teens—may only cost $150,000 a year, according to an estimate from Oregon’s Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC). That figure is just a few thousandths of 1 percent of the billion-dollar Oregon Health Plan budget.

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