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Winter-like conditions will be possible for middle Tennessee this weekend. A freeze warning is in effect for Friday and Saturday night. Temperatures will drop to around the freezing mark in Nashville and upper 20s outside the metro area. Saturday night will be even colder with temperatures dropping as low as the mid-20s outside the metro. Breezy NW winds will add to the chill. In addition to the cold, rain showers along the Cumberland Plateau will change over to light snow overnight.

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Medicare Ban on Same-Sex Surgeries Lifted

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services review board says transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for sex reassignment surgeries.


The agency's Departmental Appeals Board ruled Friday that a three-decade-old policy excluding such surgeries from the treatments that can be covered by the national health program for the elderly and disabled is no longer justified.

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The decision came in response to an administrative challenge brought last year by Denee Mallon, a 74-year-old Army veteran in New Mexico who in 2012 sought to have Medicare pay for her genital reconstruction surgery and was denied.


Jennifer Levi, a lawyer with Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders in Boston, says the lifting of the coverage ban means Medicare recipients will be able to seek authorization for sex-reassignment surgery with a doctor's recommendation
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