We need you to let your state Senator know that you care about protecting transgender kids in Pennsylvania. This vote can happen as early as today.
Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is scheduled to run out of funds the end of the year.
CHIP provides insurance coverage to uninsured children and teens up to age 19 whose families earn too much to qualify for Medical Assistance, but who cannot afford to purchase private insurance.
In Pennsylvania, more than 174,000 children are currently enrolled in CHIP.
Instead of simply renewing the funding, the Pennsylvania Senate is seizing this as an opportunity to discriminate against LGBTQ children by adding this language to House Bill 1388:
(G) LIMITATION OF COVERAGE.–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.
Tell your state Senator NOT to discriminate against LGBTQ children in Pennsylvania by clicking through to this form from our friends at Equality Pennsylvania, or contacting your state Senator directly.
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