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Colorado To End Medicaid Coverage Of Circumcision

By: AP
By: AP

Colorado will end coverage for routine circumcisions under Medicaid next month, adding to what's become a national debate over the once widely-accepted procedure.

The change, which takes effect July 1, is expected to save the state $186,500 a year.

Lawmakers also argue there are very little medical benefits to the procedure.

Dr. Lee Shapleigh is a neonatologist at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs she says it's really a personal decision for families.

"There has always been controversy on whether or not circumcision is indicated, a number of religions don't circumcise their male children and as everyone knows medical expenses are getting more expensive. I think this is a small step toward saving public health dollars,"Shapleigh said.

The issue has been contentious in California, where San Francisco is set to be the first city to hold a public vote on banning circumcision.

Supporters say male circumcision is a form of genital mutilation that parents should not be able to force on their young children.

Jewish and Muslim families are challenging the San Francisco proposal in court, claiming it violates their right to practice their religion and decide what's best for their children.


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