July 8, 2022

Denying Gender Affirming Care Endangers Floridians and Runs Counter to Anti-Discrimination Laws

The following statement was released in advance of the Agency for Health Care Administration’s (AHCA'S) public hearing on proposed rule 59G-1.050 (General Medicaid Policy). Click here to view FPI's full comments.

We oppose AHCA’s proposal to eliminate coverage for medically necessary gender affirming care like puberty blockers, hormones, and surgery.

FPI advocates for budgets and policies that enable all Floridians to have an equal opportunity to thrive. This includes access to affordable, quality health care.

AHCA’s proposal would bar transgender patients from accessing essential care and reverse current Medicaid policies that have been in effect for years. Not only does denying gender-affirming treatment run counter to mainstream medical standards of care — it's also inconsistent with multiple federal anti-discrimination laws, including a specific prohibition on states from arbitrarily denying or reducing Medicaid services solely because of ‘diagnosis, type of illness or disability.’

It’s particularly troubling that this proposal comes at a moment when Florida suicide rates and behavioral health needs are increasing. Indeed, in other venues, Florida policy leaders have wisely recognized the urgent need to invest in more behavioral health resources.

Restricting access to medically necessary gender-affirming care is substandard health care and bad policy. We urge AHCA to drop this harmful proposal.

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