Keep speaking out: Ohio Department of Health drops plan for primary health care for transgender adults; accepts more public comments

Keep speaking out: Ohio Department of Health drops plan for primary health care for transgender adults; accepts more public comments

“Health care decisions are fundamentally personal, and transgender Ohioans, like all Ohioans, deserve dignity and agency when it comes to their medical decisions.” – Equality Ohio

Your voice matters and people are listening.

On Wednesday, the Ohio Department of Health and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services received thousands of submissions from Ohioans, health care providers and equity advocates during a public comment period. Announce It is revising proposed rule changes for mainstream primary health care for transgender people and youth.

As GLAAD points out in its submissions and frequently reminds reporters and constituents, transgender health care is supported by major medical associations and the world’s leading health institutions.Read more than 30 statements here from state, national, and international organizations representing patients of all ages and professionals from multiple specialties and hospitals, including children’s hospital of ohio.

The rule changes mean the state will not restrict treatment for transgender adults, but will still restrict care for children. It also means a new public comment period is about to open for more public reaction to the rules.

“USA TODAY NETWORK Ohio bureau obtained the rules through a public records request after thousands of Ohioans blasted them with written comments,” columbus telegram report.

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“Transgender people in Ohio detail how transitioning has improved their lives, while medical professionals question the wisdom of transitioning. [Ohio Gov. Mike] Devin’s proposal” send continue.

of the department announcement stated that “these comments indicate significant interest in the impact of the original draft on adult patients” and therefore “the revised rule now applies only to minors.”

The revisions are now undergoing another public comment period.Ohioans and all interested parties are urged to continue speak out Oppose unnecessary and harmful restrictions (click the red “LAUNCH” button to the right of the department website submit comments).

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Siobhan Boyd-Nelson, co-interim executive director of Equality Ohio highlight The state responded to “the significant concerns expressed by thousands of people during the comment period,” calling the revisions “a huge relief for the thousands of transgender people receiving care in Ohio.”

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Boyd-Nelson continued: “However, we continue to have deep reservations about the remaining provisions, and we believe the best course of action is for both agencies to scrap the draft rules in their entirety.”

Equality Ohio notes with alarm that these provisions further empower the General Assembly to continue discriminating against transgender people and youth. The state Legislature recently passed a ban on transgender health care and sports participation, overriding Gov. DeWine’s veto of the bill.Dewan explain He moved the veto after discussing with patients, families and medical providers the need for care to save lives. In January, he proposed rule changes that would increase barriers to adult and adolescent care and impose additional regulatory burdens on providers.

Boyd-Nelson said the state Legislature has “directly attacked transgender people for years, ignoring the wishes of parents, children and providers.” “Health care decisions are fundamentally personal, and transgender Ohioans, like all Ohioans, deserve dignity and agency when it comes to their medical decisions.”

ACLU-Ohio agrees, Tweet: “We appreciate the feedback from the community and experts being included; however, the best way to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of transgender people in Ohio is to repeal these regulations entirely.”

Boyd-Nelson continued, “Ohio voters have consistently shown support for body autonomy, and Equality Ohio will continue to mobilize our communities to ensure our voices are heard. We urge policymakers to prioritize the rights of all Ohioans and dignity, rest assured we will remain vigilant.”

Comments regarding the rule may be submitted through a link on the OhioMHAS website (here), or separately to the agency reviewing the rule change:

Submissions are due by Wednesday, February 14th at 5pm ET.

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