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The first intensive exploration of the unrecognized psychological and social aspects of this increasingly controversial American cultural practice. Endorsed by dozens of professionals in psychology, psychiatry, child development, pediatrics, obstetrics, childbirth education, sociology and anthropology.


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"What's done to children, they will do to society."

Karl Menninger, psychiatrist

"Parents do not know what they are choosing, and physicians do not feel what they are doing."

Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., author

"In response to circumcision, the baby cries a helpless, panicky, breathless, high-pitched cry!...[or] lapses into a semi-coma. Both of these states...are abnormal states in the newborn."

Justin Call, M.D., pediatrician

"Doctors who circumcise are the most resistant to change. They will not admit that they made a critical mistake by amputating an important part of the penis."

Paul Fleiss, M.D., pediatrician

"In this case, the old dictum 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' seems to make good sense."

Eugene Robin, M.D., professor

"A whole life can be shaped by an old trauma, remembered or not."

Lenore Terr, M.D., child psychiatrist

"If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children."

Ghandi

"We are interconnected. When a baby boy's sexuality is not safe, no one's sexuality is safe."

Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., author
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State Medicaid Directors

Sample Letter

Alabama
Ms. Carol H. Steckel, MPH, Commissioner **
Alabama Medicaid Agency
501 Dexter Avenue
P.O. Box 5624
Montgomery, AL 36103-5624
Tel: (334) 242-5600

Alaska
Mr. William Steur, Interim Medicaid Director
Department of Health and Social Services
Frontier Building, Suite 902
3601 C Street
P.O. Box 240249
Anchorage, Alaska 99524-0249
Tel: (907) 269-7800
Fax: (907) 269-0060

Arkansas
Mr. Eugene Gessow, Director
Division of Medical Services
Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 1437, Slot S401
Little Rock, AR 72203
Federal Express (112 West 8th Street)
Slot S401
Little Rock, AR 72201-4608
Tel: (501) 682-8740
Fax: (501) 682-1197

Connecticut
Mr. Mark Schaefer, Ph.D., Acting Director
Medical Care Administration
Department of Social Services
25 Sigourney Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Tel: (860) 424-5067
Fax: (860) 424-5114

Delaware
Ms. Rosanne Mahaney, Acting Director
Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance
Department of Health and Social Services
1901 N. Dupont Highway
P.O. Box 906, Lewis Building
New Castle, DE 19720
Tel: (302) 255-9535
Fax: (302) 255-4413

Georgia
Mr. Jerry Dubberly, Medicaid Director
Medical Assistance Plans
Department of Community Health
Two Peachtree Street, Suite 36450
Atlanta, GA 30303
Tel: (404) 651-8681
Fax: (866) 283-0128

Hawaii
Dr. Kenneth S. Fink, Division Administrator
Med-Quest Division
Department of Human Services
601 Kamokila Blvd., Room 518
PO Box 700190
Federal Express (601 Kamokila Blvd., Room 518 Kapolei, HI 96707)
Kapolei, HI 96709-0190
Tel: (808) 692-8050
Fax: (808) 692-8155

Illinois
Ms. Theresa Eagleson, Medicaid Director
Medical Programs
Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
201 S. Grand Avenue, East, 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62763-0001
Tel: (217) 782-2570
Fax: (217) 782-5672

Indiana
Mr. E. Mitchell Roob, Jr., Director
Medicaid Policy and Planning
Family and Social Services Administration
402 W. Washington Street, Room W382
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739
Tel: (317) 233-4690
Fax: (317) 232-7382

Ms. Patricia Casanova, Interim Medicaid Director*
Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning
Family and Social Services Administration
402 West Washington, Room W461, MS 25
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2407
Tel: (317) 234-2407
Fax: (317) 233-4693

Iowa
Ms. Jennifer Vermeer, Medicaid Director
Iowa Medicaid Enterprise
Department of Human Services
100 Army Post Road
Des Moines, IA 50315
Tel: (515) 725-1123
Fax: (515) 725-1360

Kansas
Mr. Andrew Allison, PhD, Executive Director*
Kansas Health Policy Authority
900 SW Jackson Avenue, Suite 900-N
Topeka, KS 66612
Tel: (785) 368-8162
Fax: (785) 296-3468

Ms. Barbara Langner, PhD, Medicaid Director
Kansas Health Policy Authority
900 SW Jackson, Suite 900
Topeka, KS 66612
Tel: (785) 296-3512
Fax: (785) 296-3468

Kentucky
Mr. Neville Wise, Acting Commissioner
Department for Medicaid Services
275 East Main Street, 6 West A
Frankfort, KY 40621
Tel: (502) 564-4321
Fax: (502) 564-0509

Maryland
Mr. John G. Folkemer, Deputy Secretary
Health Care Financing
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
201 West Preston Street-Room 525
Baltimore, MD 21201
Tel: (410) 767-4139
Fax: (410) 333-7687

Massachusetts
Dr. Julian Harris, Medicaid Director
Office of Medicaid
1 Ashburton Place, 11th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: (617) 573-1770
Fax: (617) 573-1894

Michigan
Mr. Steve Fitton, Medicaid Director
Medical Services Administration
Michigan Department of Community Health
Capitol Commons Center, 7th Floor
400 S. Pine Street
Lansing, MI 48913
Tel: (517) 241-7882
Fax: (517) 335-5007

Nebraska
Ms. Vivianne M. Chaumont, Director
Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care
Nebraska Department Health and Human Services
301 Centennial Mall South, 3rd Floor
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026
Tel: (402) 471-2135
Fax: (402) 471-9449

New Hampshire
Mr. Nicholas A. Toumpas, Commissioner
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Commissioner
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-6521
Tel: (603) 271-5254
Fax: (603) 271-4727

Ms. Kathleen Dunn, Medicaid Director
Office Medicaid Business and Policy
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-6521
Tel: (603) 271-5254
Fax: (603) 271-4727

New Jersey
Mr. John R. Guhl, Director
Department of Human Services
Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services
7 Quakerbridge Plaza
P.O. Box 712
Trenton, NJ 08625-0712
Tel : (609) 588-2600
Fax: (609) 588-3583

Ms. Valerie J. Harr, Deputy Director
Division of Médical Assistance and Health Services
7 Quakerbridge Plaza
P.O. Box 712
Trenton, NJ 08625-0712
Tel : (609) 588-2601
Fax: (609) 588-3583

New Mexico
Ms. Julie Weinberg, Acting Director
Medical Assistance Division
New Mexico Human Services Department
P.O. Box 2348
Santa Fe, NM 87504-2348
Tel: (505) 827-3106
Fax: (505) 827-3185

New York
Ms. Donna Frescatore, Interim Deputy Commissioner
Office of Health Insurance Programs
New York State Department of Health
Empire State Plaza
Room 1466, Corning Tower Building
Albany, NY 12237
Tel: (518) 474-3018
Fax: (518) 486-6852

Ohio
Ms. Tracy J. Plouck, Medicaid Director
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Office of Ohio Health Plans
50 W. Town Street, 4th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Tel: (614) 466-4443
Fax: (614) 752-3986

Oklahoma
Mr. Mike Fogarty, CEO
Oklahoma Health Care Authority
2401 NW 23rd St., Suite 1A
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Tel: (405) 522-7417
Fax: (405) 530-3202

Dr. Garth L. Splinter, MD, MBA
Medicaid Director
Oklahoma Health Care Authority
2401 NW 23rd St., Suite 1A
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Tel: (405) 522-7365
Fax: (405) 530-3218

Pennsylvania
Mr. Michael Nardone, Acting Secretary*
Medical Assistance Programs
Department of Public Welfare
Health and Welfare Building, RM 515
Commonwealth Avenue & Forster Street
P.O. Box 2675
Harrisburg, PA 17105
Tel: (717) 787-1870
Fax: (717) 787-4639

Izanne Leonard-Haak, Acting Deputy Secretary
Medical Assistance Programs
Department of Public Welfare
Health and Welfare Building
P.O. Box 2675
Harrisburg, PA 17105
Tel: (717) 787-1870
Fax: (717) 787-4639

Rhode Island
Ms. Elena Nicolella, Medicaid Director
Division of Health Care Quality
Department of Human Services
600 New London Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Tel: (401) 462-3575
Fax: (401) 462-6338

South Dakota
Mr. Larry Iversen, Medicaid Director
Medical Services
Department of Social Services
Kneip Building
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Tel: (605) 773-3495
Fax: (605) 773-5246

Tennessee
Mr. Darin Gordon, Director/Deputy Commissioner*
State of Tennessee
Bureau of TennCare
Department of Finance and Administration
310 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37243
Tel: (615) 507-6443
Fax: (615) 253-5607

Texas
Mr. Billy Millwee, Interim State Medicaid Director
Associate Commissioner for Medicaid/CHIP
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
11209 Metric Blvd., Building H
Mail Code H100
P.O. Box 85200
Austin, TX 78758
Tel: (512) 491-1867
Fax: (512) 491-1977

Vermont
Ms. Susan W. Besio, Director
Office of Health Access
Agency of Human Services
312 Hurricane Lane, Suite 201
Williston, VT 05495
Tel: (802) 879-5901
Fax: (802) 879-5962

Virginia
Mr. Gregg Pane, Director
Department of Medical Assistance Services
600 East Broad Street - Suite 1300
Richmond, VA 23219
Tel: (804) 786-8099
Fax: (804) 371-4981

Washington, D.C.
Mr. John McCarthy, Deputy Director
Department of Health Care Financing
825 North Capitol Street NE
Suite 6037
Washington, D.C. 20002
Tel: (202) 442-9050
Fax: (202) 442-4790

Ms. Julie Hudman, PhD., Director
Department of Health Care Financing
825 North Capitol Street NE
Suite 6037
Washington, DC 20002
Tel: (202) 442-9050
Fax: (202) 442-4790

West Virginia
Ms. Nancy Atkins, Commissioner*
Bureau for Medical Services
Department of Health & Human Resources
350 Capitol Street - Room 251
Charleston, WV 25301-3706
Commercial: (304) 558-1700
Fax Number: (304) 558-1451

Wisconsin
Mr. Jason A. Helgerson, State Medicaid Director
Division of Health Care Financing
Department Of Health and Family Services
1 West Wilson Street - Room 350
PO Box 309
Madison, WI 53701-0309
Tel: (608) 266-8922
Fax: (608) 266-6786

Wyoming
Ms. Teri Green, State Medicaid Administrator
Office of Health Care Financing
Wyoming Department of Health
6101 Yellowstone Road, Suite 210
Cheyenne, WY 82009
Tel: (307) 777-7531
Fax: (307) 777-6964



* Indicates National Ass. of State Medicaid Directors
(NASMD) Executive Committee
** Chair of NASMD Executive Committee
***Vice Chair of NASMD Executive Committee

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