California will finance 'sex change' treatments for illegal migrants

The expansion of the state Medi-Cal program will cover hormone therapy and surgical interventions for undocumented immigrants.

The expansion of the program that provides health care to vulnerable people and illegal immigrants in California was not limited to just increasing the age range of those who can benefit from it. According to the Medi-Cal memorandum, sex change treatments - hormones and surgical operations - for people determined to be in this situation have also been included since January 1.

"Benefit covered when medically necessary" in California

According to The Daily Caller, after reviewing the specifications approved by the Democratic majority in the State, at the request of State Senator María Elena Durazo :

Gender affirming care is a covered Medi-Cal benefit when medically necessary. Requests for gender affirming care should be from specialists experienced in providing culturally competent care to transgender and gender diverse individuals and should use nationally recognized guidelines. Medical necessity is assessed and services shall be recommended by treating licensed mental health professionals and physicians and surgeons experienced in treating patients with incongruence between their gender identity and gender assigned at birth

Medi-Cal will cover the costs of hormonal therapies and surgical procedures "that bring primary and secondary gender characteristics into conformity with the individual’s identified gender, including ancillary services, such as hair removal which is inherent in such services."

Expanding Medi-Cal to illegals will cost between 2,700 and 4,000 million annually

This is the latest controversy that has accompanied this program, especially since its expansion to illegal immigrants between 26 and 49 years old was approved as of the first day of 2024. According to estimates, this expansion, from which up to 700,000 people could benefit, will cost taxpayers between 2.7 and 4 billion dollars annually. Republican legislator in the state Assembly Bill Essay introduced a bill on January 4 to repeal this measure.