Florida bans Medicaid from covering gender-affirming treatments

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/11/florida-finalizes-ban-medicaid-transgender-treatments-00051259

The move by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration came after the agency published a report claiming there was not enough scientific evidence to prove that the treatments improved health.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s Medicaid regulator has finalized new rules banning health care providers from billing the taxpayer-funded program for gender-affirming medical treatments, a move that comes as the state has sought to block such therapies for young people.

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration on Thursday added new language to the rules governing the state’s $36.2 billion Medicaid program. The new rules declare that the program does not cover services for treatments such as puberty blockers, hormone therapies or surgical procedures as a treatment for gender dysphoria, which refers to the feelings of discomfort or distress some transgender people experience when their bodies don’t align with their gender.

The updated rule will take effect on Aug. 21.

 
 

The new rule is the latest step by Gov. Ron DeSantis to restrict gender-affirming treatments. Last Friday, Florida’s medical board voted to start the rulemaking process that could lead to the banning of gender-affirming medical treatment for youths. And the Republican Florida governor has become increasing vocal in his objections to such treatments.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association support gender-affirming care for adults and adolescents. But medical experts said gender-affirming care for children rarely, if ever, includes surgery. Instead, doctors are more likely to recommend counseling, social transitioning and hormone replacement therapy.

A coalition of LGBTQ and health rights groups, including Lambda Legal, Southern Legal Counsel, Florida Health Justice Project, and National Health Law Program, said the rule will leave thousands of transgender Floridians without critical care when they need it most.

“Ignoring thousands of public comments and expert testimony, Florida’s AHCA has finalized a rule that will deny Medicaid coverage for all medically necessary gender-affirming care for both youth and adults,” the coalition statement said. “This discriminatory and medically unsound rule will take effect on August 21, 2022, putting transgender people in jeopardy of losing access to critical gender-affirming health care services.”

The move by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration to ban Medicaid from covering such treatments began in April after the agency published a report claiming there was not enough scientific evidence to prove that the treatments improved health. AHCA held a public hearing on the new language in June that attracted more than 150 people on a late Friday afternoon.

 
 

Florida’s Department of Health also accused the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Academy of Pediatrics of misleading the public into believing the treatments are safe.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, however, has ramped up efforts to protect transgender youths amid an increase in states pushing legislation aimed at preventing minors from accessing gender-affirming care or transgender girls participating in women and girls’ sports.

“It is critically important for every child to have access to quality, comprehensive and evidence-based care — transgender and gender-diverse youth are no exception,” said Lee Savio Beers, American Academy of Pediatrics immediate past president in a statement earlier this year.

To select a class, a minority class for particularly harmful discrimination, is that what the Land of the Free has come to?

Desantis and Floridians have an unhealthy obsession with trans people.

You know what? It’s becoming clear that they have NOTHING to run on.
1) Their idol is a traitor and a criminal who is going down;
2) Most voters (even in deep red Kansas) hate the SCOTUS Dobbs decision and don’t think the 10-year-olds should be forced to give birth;
3) Most voters hate their snearing, cynical mockery of grade school gun violence victims;
4) Ron Johnson openly talking about the R’s sunsetting Medicare and Social Security is going to be about as popular as egg salad that has been sitting in the sun for 3 days;
5) Despite all their bullshit, spin and lies and whining about gas prices, Biden has outperformed all recent presidents on the economic front and job creation, unemployment is at record lows and the Democrats have actually passed a boatload of good legislation (which even some Republicans like Hawley or Sasse admit to being jealous of) and even the gas prices are coming down.

So they are going to run on hatred of transgender people and other minorities because they have nothing else. And they are going to keep getting uglier and nastier as it gets closer to November. Democrats need to stay true to their principles and call out their cruelty, but do not let them change the conversation.

 

It works… bashing gays, blacks, trans people, immigrants… plays right to their base. Its a party of hate and it drives their people to vote in every election

 

3 thoughts on “Florida bans Medicaid from covering gender-affirming treatments

  1. Banning the HRT treatment for trans young people is opening the door for (if not outright) banning contraception for all, at least as to hormonal contraceptives and vital treatments for those who need it for so many other things it treats. In KS, there was a gag order on our DFS for several years in regard to contraceptives for anything at all, and I watched so many young girls fail in foster care and go over to the justice side because they couldn’t get a little hormone treatment for, let’s say, severe premenstrual distress. (Then there are the side effects from the other pharmaceuticals they were eagerly given.) This is going to affect everybody, including those who are trying to be fruitful and multiply.

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    1. Hello Ali. Yes I agree. Both are about control, controlling something the right doesn’t agree with and controlling what other people are allowed to do. It is about ruling over others. For the religious people it is normal that the leaders tell the flock what do to and how to live, now those people want to tell others not of their church what to do and how to live. For the white supremacists it is about ruling over those not white, feeling entitled to deny rights and order non-whites around. Feelings superior. For bigots of all stripes, it is about making those they dislike or hate like the LGBTQ+ to go away and not exist. Hugs

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