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Bans on Medically Necessary Care for Transgender Youth

TAKE ACTIONBans on Medically Necessary Care for Transgender Youth

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Transgender youth, like all youth, have the best chance to thrive when they are supported and can get the doctor-prescribed medical care they need when they need it. Gender-affirming care is evidence-based and supported by medical authorities like the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association. Medical decisions should rest solely with doctors, parents, and the patient - not politicians.

Despite this, there are multiple bills introduced this session that would criminalize or restrict medically necessary care for transgender youth.

About the Bills

HB 619, in its amended form, would ban gender affirming surgery for transgender youth and prohibit doctors from referring care for transgender youth to out-of-state doctors. 

HB 1660 would ban Medicaid insurance plans from covering gender affirming surgeries for youth.

Take Action

Sign in to OPPOSE HB 619 (by midnight on 4/25)

  1. Go to the Senate Remote Sign-In Sheet on the GenCourt website. 
  2. Select the date: April 25
  3. Select the committee: Senate Judiciary
  4. Choose the bill number: HB 619
  5. Select "I am: a member of the public" unless one of the other labels is appropriate to you. 
  6. Fill in "I'm Representing: Myself" unless you are approved to represent another entity (i.e. your workplace or an organization).
  7. Select "I OPPOSE this bill." 
  8. "Continue" to fill in your personal information, then click continue again.

Email the Committee about HB 1660

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Bill Statuses

Status of HB 619: HB 619 was passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 188-175. The bill has crossed over to the Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on the bill on Thursday, April 25 at 9:15 am at the State House in Room 100. Sign in to OPPOSE the bill ahead of the hearing. 

Status of HB 1660: On March 7, the House passed HB 1660 in a vote of 193-169. The bill has now crossed over to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, which held a public hearing for the bill on April 17. Next, the committee will hold an executive session to vote on a recommendation for the bill. There's still time to email the committee to urge them to OPPOSE the bill.

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