Lombardo Signs Gender Change Insurance Law In Nevada

Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo (R) signed a bill into law that will allow insurance companies to reimburse medical facilities for gender treatments for minors. The bill requires insurance providers to cover “medically necessary” procedures, including gender reassignment treatment.

Lombardo signed S.B. 163 into law earlier this week.

The law requires insurance carriers to “include coverage for the treatment of conditions  relating  to gender  dysphoria  and  gender incongruence; prohibiting such insurers from engaging in certain discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression.”

The bill also states that insurance companies cannot “shall not categorically refuse to cover medically necessary gender-affirming treatments or procedures.”

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The bill was passed by the Democratic Party-held state legislature. 

Lombardo said that people should read the “bill in its entirety.” 

He said that “it’s not as draconian or detrimental or immoral as people are portraying it to be.”

The governor described the new law as having more to codifying existing provisions rather than expanding the ability for minors to seek gender changes in the state.

Republican National Committeewoman Sigal Chattah wrote on Twitter that Lombardo “is becoming a laughingstock across the nation.”

This is not the only recent occurrence of Lombardo bucking the Republican Party’s platform since being elected last year. The governor signed a bill into law that supported the state’s abortion laws last month.

The governor had previously described himself as ‘pro-life’ and received the endorsement from the National Right to Life Committee.

The law protected an executive order by former Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) which prevents state officials from cooperating with investigations from other states regarding abortions within the Silver State. 

Lombardo received praise from state Sen. Nicole Cannizzaro (D), who said that Lombardo ensured “that Nevada won’t participate in prosecutions of women who come here to exercise their reproductive rights.”

The governor’s office said that the move fulfilled a campaign promise “that Nevada would not participate in prosecuting those seeking legal medical care in the state.”