Hackworth, 34, a father of two, fears moments like this will come as state anti-trans legislation and an investigation into Bailey’s trans health clinic make access to hormones difficult. We must prepare for a possible future, he said. robbed. As a precautionary measure, he began rationing testosterone portions from monthly vials, stockpiling half a year’s supply of the hormone.
“It was always on the back of my mind that something like this was going to happen,” he told BuzzFeed News.
Missouri ACLU and Lambda Law filed a lawsuit on Monday Obtain a temporary injunction on behalf of two families of young transgender people to prevent the order from taking effect.
“Unprecedented attempts to use Missouri’s consumer protection laws to pursue necessary and often life-saving health care must stop. We stand by the rights of transgender people and ensure access to evidence-based medical care they need,” said Nora Huppert, staff attorney at Lambda Legal. said in a statement.
But hundreds of transgender people across the state are still anxiously trying to sort out how to continue receiving gender-affirming care in Missouri or in neighboring states. increase.
Hackworth’s health care providers at CoxHealth were trying to find a way to get his medical history document ready to order, so they urged him to get 90 days of hormones to keep him.
However, the actual process of securing three months of hormones can be challenging, especially for patients taking testosterone, which is considered a federally controlled substance.
Since Medicaid only covers his testosterone each month, Hackworth had to crowdfund to pay for the additional vials out of his own pocket. I said I need a note of His replenishment has not yet been met.
Torin, 28, of Branson, asked to identify himself by his first name to protect his privacy, but was also told by CoxHealth that he would not be able to pick up the prescription on April 14. The provider said she could continue to prescribe hormones to patients as long as they were “compliant” with the order. But Torin, a parent who cannot work because of her disability, said she is waiting for a letter from her psychiatrist and does not know what other documents she will need. rice field.
“If things continue like this, you’re going to have to move closer to Springfield…that’s hard when you’re disabled and you have an income or two. These are the children we need,” Torin told BuzzFeed News. “It’s a shame because I really don’t want to think about leaving Missouri. I might have to leave home.”
Torin worries about the growing anti-trans climate in their town. When Bailey released her tips for sharing her concerns about gender-affirming care in the state with residents, Torin questioned whether neighbors would provide child protection services to their children or protect themselves and their families. I wondered if I should stop taking hormones completely because of this (this site was removed after his Gen Z. spammed it with a meme.)
“I want people to understand that we just want to live our lives. We have the right to live here, just like everyone else,” they said. I was.
For health care providers in the state, preparing for gender-affirming restrictions on care is a flashback to the last days of abortion, when Missouri outright banned it last June.