(Chicago, IL, June, 25, 2019) – Today advocates from across Illinois published a letter urging Governor Pritzker to revise a current proposed Medicaid regulation covering gender-affirming medical care. The proposed regulation is not aligned with the current medical standards for the treatment of gender dysphoria and interrupts the patient-provider relationship by denying coverage for procedures deemed “cosmetic.”

The letter states:

“Due to the many limitations and restrictions, the proposed regulations would prevent individuals from receiving healthcare that their medical provider has deemed to be medically necessary. We have shared our concerns in meetings and letters with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services’ (“IDHFS”), as well as in a formal written comment.”

Read the full letter here.

Community member and Howard Brown Health patient Eva Skye said, “When I started taking hormones, I was thrilled. But gender-affirming surgery would help me feel more like myself, and possibly prevent me from being the victim of a hate crime. I was recently approved for surgery and am so ecstatic. All trans people should have access to the medical care they need.”

Signatories for the letter include AIDS Foundation of Chicago, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, Center on Halsted, Equality Illinois, Howard Brown Health, Lambda Legal, The National Center for Transgender Equality, and The TransLife Care Program of Chicago House and Social Service Agency.

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Media Inquiries:
Casey Callich, Communications Manager, Howard Brown Health
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