Connecticut's taxpayer-funded HUSKY Health program offers a comprehensive health care benefit package for free to qualified adults, children, relative caregivers, elders, individuals with disabilities, adults without dependent children, and pregnant women in Connecticut.
HUSKY Health encompasses Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, too.
It also pays for doctor visits, prescriptions, vision and dental care, and much more.
The "much more" has apparently included "gender-affirming surgery" since 2015, though it used to be called "gender reassignment surgery" until a change was made in 2018.
Besides covering a wide range of procedures for adults, the program also covers gender-affirming surgery for adolescents under 18 years of age on a case-by base basis.
Numerous revisions have been made in the policy over the years.
Interestingly, in 2022, the Clinical Guidelines were updated to remove the word "irreversible" throughout the policy. Wonder why?
The Clinical Guidelines were last updated in January 2023 to align with the controversial Standards of Care for the Health of Transgender and Gender Diverse People, Version 8 (aka "SOC-8"), published by WPATH - The World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
WPATH has come under fire by conservative journalists like Matt Walsh, who said the organization was "a radical leftist group originally founded by a quack "social psychologist" who worked with John Money, the guy who performed sexual experiments on children which caused two of them to kill themselves." Walsh also pointed out how the organization had loosened its standards when it comes to gender-affirming care for adolescents.
You might also recall that Project Veritas released multiple videos about WPATH.
The October 2022 release featured a WPATH doctor named Dr. Daniel Metzger who was caught on video explaining that WPATH is not surprised that some adolescents who transition regret it. Metzger also said, "We try to talk about it [transgenderism], but most of the kids are nowhere in any kind of brain space to talk about it really -- in a serious way. That’s always bothered me, but you know, we still want the kids to be happy.” So why not just affirm their new gender anyway?
The April 2023 Project Veritas video revealed a New York City-based pediatric physician from Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. John Steever. He said he follows "the WPATH guidelines" that suggest puberty blockers can start at age 10, which he notes "stops puberty pretty quickly so that no further development of the secondary sexual characteristics happen."
The controversial guidelines even state that eunuchs need “gender-affirming care” which can include physical and chemical castration in order to live out their identities. (See SOC-8, page 90.)
Perhaps most concerning is that WPATH's criteria for adolescents specifically state that parent(s)/guardian(s) can be excluded from the gender-affirming care assessment process if their involvement is determined to be harmful or not feasible.
So when the HUSKY guidelines call for an assessment of parental/guardian support, does that assessment follow the WPATH criteria that say it's okay to exclude parents if their involvement is deemed to be "harmful" to the proposed transition?