Amicus Brief Filed in Adree Edmo v. Idaho Department of Corrections
On April 10, 2019, the Williams Institute filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Adree Edmo v. Idaho Department of Corrections. In this case, the Court will decide whether the Idaho Department of Corrections’ denial of gender- confirmation surgery for Adree Edmo violates the Eighth Amendment.
The brief, which was authored by public policy scholar Jody L. Herman with pro bono counsel from Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP, explains that treatment for gender dysphoria is already covered under the existing healthcare plan for Idaho prisoners. The cost of providing gender-confirming surgery (GCS) to the state’s small transgender inmate population would be negligible.
Specifically, Herman estimates that the cost for covering GCS would represent between zero (lowest estimate) and seventeen-hundredths of one percent (highest estimate) of the total healthcare appropriation in one year. In addition, providing prisoners with medically necessary GCS could save the Idaho Department of Corrections the costs that would have been incurred to treat the mental and physical symptoms of gender dysphoria.