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DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Kim Reyonlds, a Republican, has signed a bill that would ban the state’s Medicaid from paying for transgender people’s transition-related healthcare. The GOP-controlled Iowa legislature passed the bill earlier in the week. The law bans any Iowa taxing body from providing gender confirmation surgery surgery. It reportedly applies to any other cosmetic reconstructive or plastic surgery procedure related to “transsexualism, hermaphroditism, gender identity disorder, or body dysmorphic disorder.”
The law goes into effect immediately. “We are deeply disappointed that Gov. Reynolds has ignored medical experts, Iowa business leaders, cost analysis data, and the many transgender Iowans and allies who shared their stories with her to sign this bill into law,” said One Iowa Action Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel.