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Florida Ends Medicaid Coverage of Gender-Affirming Drugs for Trans People

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Florida — led by cartoonishly transphobic Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) — will ban its residents from using Medicaid to cover the puberty blockers and hormone therapies many have been using for years, according to a new rule was released on Wednesday by the state agency for the administration of health care. This regulation does not only affect trans children, for whose age-appropriate care the state tries curb stomp in in a wayit will lock adults discourage them from continuing to use Medicaid to also pay for gender-specific medical care.

Under that policy, the state’s $36.2 billion Medicaid program will not cover payment for treatments like hormone therapy or puberty blockers, nor for sex-confirmation surgeries. This adds Florida to at least 10 states (including Texas and Arizona) that ban the use of Medicaid dollars on drugs typically associated with treating gender dysphoria.

said state agency spokesman Brock Juarez the Washington Post that the agency “had a very thorough process and our thorough work and results really speak for themselves.”

Lambda Legal is considering “all options” to contest this rule, the company said post. “It’s heartbreaking,” Carl Charles, senior attorney for Lambda Legal’s southern regional office, told the newspaper. “People have made a life-changing decision to embark on a life-changing nursing course, and now they face the potential that they may not be able to move forward.”

In April, the State Board released a report saying there was insufficient evidence that sex confirmation therapy and surgery improved health care outcomes for transgender people. However, the report is directly contradicted by industry experts, including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association.

On Aug. 5, the state medical board began the process of banning sex determination treatment for children — something wrongly introduced as a bogeyman in vaginoplasty. Doctors don’t perform gender confirmation surgeries on children, but conservatives love to show up regardless of the truth.

During the same session, the state medical board also voted to begin the process that would introduce waiting periods for adults seeking gender confirmation treatment. The 24-hour wait times are the same as for abortion treatment. While waiting time laws relating to gender confirmation treatment have not been challenged, these types of abortion-related laws have been considered enforced “unreasonable burden” for abortion seekers before Dobbs.

https://jezebel.com/florida-drops-medicaid-coverage-of-trans-peoples-gender-1849406581 Florida Ends Medicaid Coverage of Gender-Affirming Drugs for Trans People

Andrew Schnitker

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