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HMO sues over sex change

HMO sues over sex change

The HMO Health Net Inc. has sued the California Department of Health Services in an effort to overturn an order requiring it to pay for a patient's sex-change operation, the Los Angeles Times reports. The case involves a woman, identified in court papers only as "P.M.," who was denied a sex-change operation by Health Net because it was seen as not medically necessary. The patient, who is enrolled in Medi-Cal, appealed the decision to the state, and a judge determined that the surgery was necessary in her case. "Medical professionals have raised serious issues about the medical necessity related to this case," said a Health Net spokesman in explaining the appeal. "Under these circumstances, we think it right and appropriate for us to see a reconsideration."

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