State Law on Transgender Care

Addressing the Impact of State Law on Transgender Care: Insights from BLISS Health

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In a recent article by Katie Streit for Spectrum News 13, Dr. Roberto Ortiz, the medical director of BLISS Health, shared their perspectives on the challenges of Florida’s State Law on Transgender Care. These restrictions, implemented nearly a year ago, have affected patients and caused significant changes in healthcare practices.

Legal Changes in State Law on Transgender Care

Last year, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a restricting State Law on Transgender Care. This legislation, in addition to prohibiting gender transition procedures for minors, also limits nurse practitioners from independently providing medications for gender transition purposes. As a result, prescriptions for such medications must now come directly from a physician.

State Law on Transgender Care

Since the enactment of the State Law on Transgender Care, healthcare providers, including those at BLISS Health, have observed a surge in patients seeking gender transition care. Dr. Ortiz expressed concerns about the ramifications of these changes, noting that some practices are now unable to provide care without the presence of a physician. Consequently, this has led to an overwhelming demand for services, resulting in patient waitlists and resource strain at facilities like BLISS Health in Orlando.

Inclusive Healthcare Access and Support

For individuals like Paula Encalada, a former patient of BLISS Health clinics, accessing gender transition care has become increasingly challenging. Ancalada, who has identified as transgender since childhood, emphasized the importance of timely access to care in alleviating trauma and suffering within the transgender community. However, waitlists impede this urgency, leaving many individuals without the support they need.

Dr. Ortiz highlighted the deliberate impact of these legislative changes, suggesting that they aim to undermine the essential work of providing transgender care. He warned of the potential consequences, including individuals seeking care through illicit means if legal avenues become inaccessible.

While Ancalada acknowledges her privilege in being able to access care, she remains concerned about the countless transgender individuals, both adults and youth, who lack similar opportunities. She emphasized the importance of providing comprehensive information and support to ensure that all individuals can pursue their desired gender transitions safely and affirmatively.

At BLISS Health, we recognize the challenges faced by transgender individuals in accessing essential healthcare services. We remain committed to providing inclusive and compassionate care to all our patients, regardless of gender identity or expression.

We invite you to read the original article on Spectrum News 13 for further insights into the State Law on Transgender Care. Additionally, if you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm, please reach out to the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988, available 24 hours a day, for immediate support and assistance.

And remember, Bliss Health offers Gender Affirming Care services to support & affirm an individual’s gender identity. Our services comply with the new Florida state Transgender Care Regulations. We offer exclusive medical intervention by Dr. Roberto Ortiz. Contact us by calling 407-972-0924 or visit us at 2901 Curry Ford Rd #106, Orlando, FL 32806. We are always happy to receive you.

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