The State House building in Concord, New Hampshire. Credit: Wikipedia Commons

New Hampshire lawmakers have approved a rule change that will allow Medicaid to pay for sex reassignment surgeries in the state.

The state Department of Health and Human Services proposed the change, which was approved Thursday by a legislative committee on administrative rules.

The health department says the change is necessary to comply with the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits gender discrimination. The Concord Monitor reports that the committee included a caveat saying the department should re-examine the rule if the health care law is altered.

The health department estimates costs for such surgeries will total $286,000 in the coming year, split evenly between state and federal funds.