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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  • by @ Alydira on Jun 25, 2011 at 06:39 PM
    Both are in the Bible, that makes BOTH a religious issue.
  • by Alydira Location: cosprings on Jun 24, 2011 at 09:37 AM
    abortion is NOT a religious issue (although religious people have been making it into one) it is a moral issue, and social issue.
  • by Cut the cr@p on Jun 24, 2011 at 08:24 AM
    Since WHEN is the government required to subsidize religious rituals?!?
  • by pablo on Jun 24, 2011 at 08:23 AM
    The procedure shouldn't be covered by medicaid. The proposed ordinance in San Francisco prohibits the procedure. That is anti choice and invasive to personal freedoms.
  • by Nance Location: cos on Jun 24, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    finally a sound decision on how to stop wasting my tax dollars.If circumcision is dictated by your religion pay for it...if not, why would you want to mutilate your boy?Hygiene is the key, and it has nothing to do with STD's...@Bert: and yes, taking your kids to church is mind altering, brain washing mental abuse.Let them choose when they're old enough to decide what, if anything, to believe.
  • by Mayor Ryan on Jun 23, 2011 at 10:57 PM
    Ron Paul & I believe (and know based on history) that private charities always handle the needy the best. It should not be on the public dime. (ex. no food stamps, public housing, etc. with tax dollars) Simple solutions in 10 seconds.
  • by Angel on Jun 23, 2011 at 10:49 PM
    So, it's ok to have taxpayers pay for abortion...which is a religious issue, but not circumcision...because it's a religious issue? Wow.
  • by ?! on Jun 23, 2011 at 06:23 PM
    I agree that they should drug test, not just medicaid recipients but also food stamp people as well and while were at it lets drug test the people on housing too. I know alot of people who need help and dont get it. I cant count the number of times ive seen someone with a balance of over $1000 on there quest card, yet they pull up in a new escalade.
  • by Erin S. Location: Security on Jun 23, 2011 at 06:08 PM
    Yes because of course someone who goes to a party and gets a contact buzz even though they didn't do any weed themselves totally doesn't need to eat and won't ever get sick ever again. And definitely, lets make sure that the children of an addict don't get medical care, food, or housing. Some people on here just revel in every chance possible to CAUSE misery rather than relieve it I guess.
  • by Karen Location: CS on Jun 23, 2011 at 05:44 PM
    @Jean- its called a condom. That helps prevent the spread of STD's. If someone is mature enough and responsible enough to have sex then they should also be mature and responsible enough to take preventable measures.
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