As previously reported, the MN omnibus education bill HF844 which contained the anti-transgender legislation amendment, failed in the MN State Senate by 25-40 running mostly along party lines. Three Republicans broke with their party and voted ‘no’ on the amendment; those Republicans, Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, Sen. David Senjem, R-Rochester, and Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen took an immediate verbal beating from the Child Protection League PAC and Minnesota’s oldest anti-LGBT organization The MN Family Council.
Republican Senator Julianne Ortman who voted ‘no’ on the amendment stated, “This amendment makes me incredibly sad…I encourage members to be brave and vote ‘no’.” Ortman was immediately called out by the Minnesota Hate group Child Protection League PAC in an email that said, “Senator Ortman is willing to leave every one of our children openly exposed by taking a vote that requires no bravery whatsoever.”
As a counter to the numerous anti-transgender legislation launched at the Minnesota State Capitol this year, Senator Scott Dibble introduced SF 2141 on May 4th. Relating to health and human services, SF 2141 would require “medical assistance to cover medically necessary gender dysphoria and certain prescribed drugs for the treatment of gender dysphoria.” In other words, Sex Reassignment Surgery [SRS/GCS] and other medically necessary medical procedures relating to dysphoria would now be covered under MNSure, Minnesota’s comprehensive Medical Assistance and Medicaid programs.
Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 256B.0625 subdivision 3a would be amended to include the line, “unless medically necessary” when referring to the treatment of gender dysphoria. Subdivision 13K talks about HRT for the current drug or regimen that currently is used to treat gender dysphoria, but the amendment will expand this to include SRS/GCS.
California, New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont currently allow for SRS coverage under their Medicaid programs which are part of the expansion rules of the Affordable Care Act that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.