July 11, 2022

State advancing Medicaid ban on gender-affirming care for transgender people

Danielle J. Brown writes:

"The DeSantis administration moved toward banning gender-affirming care for transgender Floridians under Medicaid, meaning that treatments such as hormone therapy and puberty blockers may soon be out of reach for many low-income members of the LGBTQ+ community.

The state Agency for Healthcare Administration has proposed a rule declaring that Florida Medicaid does not cover puberty blockers, hormones and hormone antagonists, sex reassignment surgeries, and “any other procedures that alter primary or secondary sexual characteristics.”


The Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that promotes economic mobility, claimed that the rule could be discriminatory.

'AHCA’s proposal would bar transgender patients from accessing essential care and reverse current Medicaid policies that have been in effect for years,' according to a written statement Friday.

'Not only does denying gender-affirming treatment run counter to mainstream medical standards of care — it’s also inconsistent with multiple federal antidiscrimination laws, including a specific prohibition on states from arbitrarily denying or reducing Medicaid services solely because of ‘diagnosis, type of illness or disability.'"

Read more at floridaphoenix.com

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