Nashville– Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti joined 16 states in filing an amicus brief supporting Florida’s healthcare regulation that denies Medicaid coverage for gender transitioning procedures.
After commissioning a comprehensive review of the medical literature, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration determined that the available scientific evidence does not support the use of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and reassignment surgeries as safe and effective treatments for gender dysphoria. Alabama’s brief was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.
“Biased special interest groups cannot bully a state into adopting bad policy,” General Skrmetti said. “Mounting evidence has persuaded a growing number of European countries that puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and irreversible surgery are not appropriate treatments for kids showing symptoms of gender dysphoria. Florida has every right to jump off the bandwagon and focus its efforts on mental health treatment.”