New Discriminatory Anti-Transgender Bill Moving Through PA Assembly
December 1, 2017 - Following the introduction of the "Taxpayer-Funded Gender or Sex Reassignment Services Act" (HB1933) in the Pennsylvania House, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, released the following statement:
"Weeks after their attempt to hold health care for Pennsylvania children hostage during CHIP re-authorization, some state lawmakers have doubled down with new legislation that will not only harm children, but all Pennsylvanians who rely on Medicaid," said JoDee Winterhof, HRC's Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs. "It is despicable that these lawmakers are willing to sacrifice lifesaving programs in order to attack the LGBTQ community in a cynical attempt at making political gains. We urge the Pennsylvania House to do the right thing and reject this bill."
HB1933 would exclude transition-related services from coverage under both the state's CHIP program and state Medicaid -- programs meant to ensure that some of the most vulnerable have meaningful access to healthcare. The services exempted by this bill are incredibly wide ranging, touching basically every aspect of a transgender person's potential range of care, including doctor's appointments, mental health counseling, medication, and surgery, which are all covered by insurance when they are medically necessary. The bill could be up for a vote in the PA House as early as next week.