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12/11/2014 12:33 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Insurers In New York Must Cover Gender Reassignment Surgery, Cuomo Says

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Lee Albertorio felt like a man trapped in a woman’s body. After serving in the Air Force, he began taking hormones, which deepened his voice and made his physique more masculine.

He changed his passport to reflect that he was male, and last year he decided to have a mastectomy, known as top surgery. But his insurance company told him the operation was cosmetic and refused to cover it, he said Wednesday.

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