MN Senate introduces Bill SF 2141 Allowing for State Funded SRS

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Senator Julianne E. Ortman (R) District 47

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.”

Sen Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis MN Senate

Sen Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis MN Senate

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.

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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.

 

My name is Claire-Renee Kohner and in January of 2014, I came out as transgender. My family fully supports my transition and, along with the Minneapolis trans community, my transition has been extremely positive. My journey should be fun, so keep your arms and legs inside the cart, it's going to be a wild ride.

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16 Responses to MN Senate introduces Bill SF 2141 Allowing for State Funded SRS

  1. Nicole K. Carter May 7, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Finally a state that not afraid to do the right thing.

    • Nobody Important May 23, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Don’t hold your breath. Minnesota has a long history of throwing the trans community under the bus too. I doubt I’ll still be alive when the legislature finally does the right thing…since hope this session is gone. I’m so tired, life has just been too full of pain, and I’m ready to die.

      • Mal Content May 25, 2015 at 3:50 pm

        I agree that things aren’t that great in MN NB, and the privledged have been denying that for far too long. I’m ready to checkout too. We should meetup and work out exit plans together.

        • Nobody Important May 25, 2015 at 4:25 pm

          Got your mail. I’ll give it until the end of the special session (since they are trying tack everything else on that too, though I doubt anyone cares enough to speak up for us too). If things are still stalled we can move ahead with some sort of group solution.

        • Nobody Important May 29, 2015 at 5:49 pm

          No news of anything changing so we’re a go for method and time discussed.

          • PHS Castaway May 31, 2015 at 7:37 am

            The gatekeepers at PHS caused this deadly end; they had the ability to help but chose to make things worse. Buyer beware. The University of Minnesota and WPATH are full of dangerous people. At least my suffering comes to a close.

            Goodbye.

  2. Claire-Renee Kohner May 23, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Hey NB,
    Connect with me on FB and we can chat, things in Minnesota aren’t as bad as you may think.

    • Nobody Important May 24, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Facebook? A media that has an active practice of sending police after suicidal people. No thanks…I’ve been through enough abuse for one lifetime in Minnesota hospitals.

  3. PHS Castaway May 25, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I’m interested in this meetup if it happens. I’ve had enough of this gatekeeper crap and lack of access to coverage.

  4. Claire-Renee Kohner May 25, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Please consider contacting me at clairekohner@yahoo.com

    • Nobody Important May 27, 2015 at 2:14 am

      Haven’t found a safe way to mail you, but if you want to send oneway (w/o it being auto rejected): nbi123@hmamail.com. Not sure what’s the point though. Well aware of what resources there are and are not available in the state. It’s a never ending game of must stay healthy for surgery that isn’t covered. Years of that game is enough. Have to die.

  5. Kelli Busey June 1, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Hi, it’s Kelli Busey, founder and editor in chief at Planet Transgender.

    I need to tell you that you are important. If you are having suicidal thoughts I ask you to call the Trans Life Line.

    Trans Lifeline
    US: (877) 565-8860
    Canada: (877) 330-6366

    http://www.translifeline.org/

    • Better Off Dead June 2, 2015 at 11:54 pm

      Is it any wonder that so many are turning to death for a way out? Trans Lifeline is staffed by so many people that don’t even need surgery, let alone have any idea what a caller who does need it is going through. Those who have similar experiences…what good does parroting hold on, “you are important” do? Medically necessary care would not be an issue if that were true enough. People have a right to get out and stop their pain.

  6. Proud of What? June 7, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Minnesota is a state of torture. I’ve yet to see the legislature, Dayton, or any attorney willing to seriously take on law that bans medically necessary care coverage for those like me. Outfront’s “support” of the trans community is a meager at best, and they keep throwing the trans community under the bus. I plan to die, make quite the statement while doing it, and pride seems to be the perfect time.

  7. Too Little, Too Late June 20, 2015 at 11:37 am

    I don’t know about suicide but I can’t wait any more. Its time for DIY surgery. I will be celebrating Pride this year by getting rid of some extra weight like the ancients did. I know I could bleed out so if anyone has any alternatives, other than telling me to wait, now is the time.

  8. Too Little, Too Late June 20, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Which Minnesota hospital is the best equipped to deal with the after math of DIY surgery? I’ll try to do the it near there.