Florida bars Medicaid from covering gender-affirming treatments

Florida's Medicaid regulator has finalized rules banning healthcare providers from billing Medicaid for gender-affirming medical treatment, Politico reported Aug. 11. 

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration's rules state that Medicaid does not cover services for treatments such as puberty blocking-medications, hormone therapies or surgical procedures as a treatment for gender dysphoria, according to the report. 

The rule will take effect Aug. 21, according to the report. 

A coalition of LGBTQ and health rights groups criticized the rule, stating it will leave thousands of youth and adult transgender Floridians without critical care when they need it most, according to the report.

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