Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey on Friday announced that he has joined a coalition of Attorneys General from across the country in support of a legal fight to have so-called “gender affirming care,” including voluntary orchiectomies and mastectomies, covered by Medicaid.
“West Virgina’s refusal to provide transgender patients the care they need is not only illegal discrimination, it is unconscionable,” said Frey.
“We cannot allow states to deny healthcare for political reasons when people’s lives are on the line,” he said.
In 2019, Gov. Janet Mills changed Maine’s Medicaid rules to include various sex-change related procedures in the list of treatments covered by the program.
Since that time, the number of taxpayer funded sex-change operations has nearly doubled every year.
Frey has signed on with an amicus brief submitted to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia in the case of Fain v. Crouch.