Federal judge to weigh Medicaid transgender rule

TALLAHASSEE – With plaintiffs’ attorneys pointing to “an incredible chilling of the provision of care and access to care,” a federal judge has scheduled an Oct. 12 hearing in a lawsuit seeking to block a new state rule that prevents Medicaid reimbursements for gender-affirming treatment for minors and adults. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, which largely oversees the Medicaid program, this summer proposed a rule to end reimbursements to medical providers for such treatments as puberty blockers, hormone therapy and gender-reassignment surgery. After the rule went into effect on Aug. 21, Medicaid beneficiaries receiving gender-affirming treatment are responsible

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