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I don't understand why insurance companies will cover circumcision, but they won't provide me glasses or contact lenses. Ok, that last part is OT but it still chaps my behind.<br><br>
Anyway, I told someone that the hospital where I delivered my DS gave me a circumcision consent form that read all over it in big bold letters that "I acknowledge that this is a cosmetic surgery only." I told her that obviously the hospital does not consider circumcision medically necessary. She said that her insurance company covered the surgery, so obviously her insurance company does consider it medically necessary. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"><br><br>
I really didn't know how to respond except to say don't confuse "medically necessary" with "we'll pay for the procedure since it isn't too expensive" but I feel my response was pretty weak.
 

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NYS Medicaid no longer covers it from what I have read. I suspect this will start to change and less and less companies will cover it.
 

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I believe Aetna doesn't cover it- I noticed this years ago, unless they've changed policies - and CA medicaid doesn't cover it either.
 

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Could it be considered religious discrimination if they didn't? Not trying to open a religious debate but that seems like a ligidmate reason to me.
 

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I think most religious circumcisions are performed by a religious circumciser, perhaps a Mohel. I don't think most religious circumcisions are going to be something done in a hospital, anyway. So I don't think that influences the insurance issue. Blue Shield (insurance co) paid for FGM until 1977. They cover what they think the majority of people want them to cover. We have to let them know otherwise.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Could it be considered religious discrimination if they didn't? Not trying to open a religious debate but that seems like a ligidmate reason to me.</div>
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Insurance companies should never cover religious procedures. Why on earth should I pay premiums to pay for someone else's religious beliefs, whatever they are? Insurance companies should cover only medically necessary procedures, and religious circs aren't called medically necessary by those who believe in them (not by those who are intellectually honest, at any rate).
 

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Nope, they just recently quit paying for circ. I found out through my SIL who didn't get her DS circed when he was born in December (YAY!!) because Medicaid wouldn't pay for it.
 

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Medicaid here (WA) doesn't pay for it and neither do at least two private insurance companies that I know of <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
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It is annoying! I am so livid with the whole medical system in this country right now. My theory is that insurance companies cover it because the whole system is in bed with each other....<br><br>
But I bet some are refusing to pay for it not b/c it is right to not circ, but because THEY aren't the ones making money when the hospital sells the foreskin for other medical procedures.
 

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This shows the states where Medicaid no longer pays for infant circumcision:<br><br><a href="http://www.icgi.org/Medicaid_Project/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.icgi.org/Medicaid_Project/index.htm</a><br><br>
Two years ago my insurance plan (BC/BS of North Dakota) specifically declared infant circumcision cosmetic surgery which is not covered. Furthermore, any complications arising from cosmetic surgery will not be covered.
 

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I know Kaiser only pays for newborn circ. After you take the baby home they don't cover it. Which really doesn't make much sense.
 

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Medicaid in OK pays for it. I hate that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> We were on Medicaid when DS was born, but refused circ.
 
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