Bloomberg Law
May 26, 2021, 9:36 AM

Medical Care for Transgender Youth Stirs Federal-State Clash

Shira Stein
Shira Stein

Action by the Biden administration to protect LGBT individuals from discrimination in health care pits the federal government against states passing laws that prohibit gender-affirming care, such as puberty blockers, for transgender minors.

Arkansas and Tennessee have recently passed such laws. Meanwhile, the Department of Health and Human Services said it would resume enforcing protections for LGBT Americans in health care, reversing a ban put in place by the Trump administration. This puts the states’ laws in direct conflict with federal law, attorneys say.

Transgender youth “are already at significant risk of bullying and harassment. And these state laws limiting ...

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