The World Professional Association for Transgender Health and the United States Professional Association for Transgender Health condemned the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration for issuing what those organizations labeled a misleading and distorted report that aims to deny Medicaid coverage for trans health care.
Florida is recommending state health officials disallow healthcare services for treatment of gender dysphoria for children and adolescents in the state. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration asked the state board regulating doctors to essentially ban transition-related care.
Transgender support groups say, “Florida’s assault on transgender communities has been relentless. This latest attack from the agency that oversees the Medicaid program comes just two months after the Department of Health targeted medically necessary health care for trans youth.”
In a joint statement The World Professional Association for Transgender Health and the United States Professional Association for Transgender Health noted:
As stated in USPATH’s detailed position statement responding to Florida’s actions: “These efforts lack scientific merit, and in some cases misinterpret or distort available data, or otherwise lend credence to individual opinions in the literature that are at odds with the overwhelming majority of experts and publications in this field.
“Florida’s health agencies have an obligation to support the health and wellbeing of its residents, including those who are transgender. The state has instead chosen to issue misleading and dangerous reports designed to harm transgender people. WPATH and USPATH will continue to challenge each and every one of these unconscionable attempts to thwart trans health care.”