Minnesota Medicaid policy covers transgender-related health care.
OutFront Minnesota v. Johnson Piper, No. 62-CV-15-7501 (Minn. Dist. Ct. Nov. 14, 2016)
A Minnesota district court found that a categorical exclusion for sex reassignment surgery violates the Minnesota Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and the right of an individual to have authority over their own body.
Doe v. Minnesota Department of Public Welfare, 257 N.W. 2d 816 (Minn. 1977)
The Minnesota Supreme Court found that (1) total exclusion of transsexual surgery from Medical Assistance coverage is void under federal regulations governing state Medicaid programs; (2) a standard of medical necessity that requires conclusive proof that a procedure will eliminate disability and render the applicant self-supporting is impermissible; and (3) the decision to deny Medical Assistance funding in the absence of evidence to contradict the applicant's showing of medical necessity is arbitrary and unreasonable.
Handbooks and Provider Manuals:
- Provider Manual: Minnesota Provider Manual
Editorial Board, Minn. L. Rev., Medicaid Funding for Transsexual Surgery, 63 Minnesota Law Review 1037 (1979).
Minn. Stat. Ann. § 256B.0625 Subd. 3a reads: "Sex reassignment surgery. Sex reassignment surgery is not covered." The provider manual abrogates the statute.
Updated on Jun 14, 2020