Politician says there is no place for trans kids in state healthcare

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The lawmaker, Senator Donald White, last week attempted to attach an amendment to the renewal of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) leaving the medically necessary procedures for transgender children aside. “The benefit package for eligible children may not include reimbursement for gender or sex reassignment surgery or gender or sex transition services, including, but not limited to, physician’s services, inpatient and outpatient hospital services, prescribed drugs or counseling services related to such surgery or services,” the statement reads emphasizing that spending the state money on ‘sex change procedures’ (if he meant gender reassignment surgery then it is not legally applied for people under 18) would be ‘irresponsible’ and it would be better to spend it on the procedures which would help children survive. But CHIP applies to people in Pennsylvania until they turn 19, whereas the age of medical consent is 18. So the amendment could still apply to trans people aged 18 to 19 who wish to undergo gender confirmation surgery. CHIP applies to 174,000 young people in Pennsylvania.

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