The Illinois Medicaid program now covers transgender surgeries for people who wish to identify as a different gender.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said when he announced the policy:
"Expanding Medicaid to cover gender affirming surgeries is cost effective, helps avoid long-term health consequences, and most importantly is the right thing to do. With continued attacks coming from Washington, this administration will always stand with our transgender community and their right to lead safe and healthy lives."
To qualify for the taxpayer-funded surgeries, a person needs only be diagnosed with gender dysphoria. Coverage is available to people over age 21, although "it can be provided to some people younger than 21 if it's determined to be medically necessary."