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Florida bans Medicaid from covering gender-affirming care for transgender patients

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In a massive blow to LGBTQ+ rights, Florida officially banned Medicaid from covering gender-affirming care for transgender recipients.

On 10 August, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration added the new regulation to the state’s $36.2 billion medical program, which the Florida Medical Board voted on a week prior.

Under the new rule, Medicaid will no longer cover gender-affirming surgeries, puberty blockers, hormone therapy “or any other procedures that alter primary or secondary sexual characteristics” (per Politico).

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