Prior to September 16th, Medicaid would not cover the costs associated with medical gender transition. A law passed in June has changed that.

The law was passed as an emergency rule. An emergency rule is one that is "deemed necessary to avoid an immediate threat to public health, safety and general welfare," according to Central Maine News.

According to WGME, these treatments have been determined as medically necessary to treat gender dysphoria. Once the patient has received a diagnosis they can be treated with hormone-replacement therapy under MaineCare. Surgical procedures, however, would need a prior authorization.

This new law places Maine with 22 other states who are also covering transition costs under MaineCare according to Central Maine News.

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