Proposed bill puts employers offering trans coverage on hook for reversal treatment
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'If these companies truly cared about their employees, this should be a no-brainer for them.'

Businesses that pay for workers to travel to other states for gender-affirming surgery would also need to pay to have the effects reversed if the employee so desires, according to legislation filed in the Senate.

The “Reverse Woke Act” (SB 952) states employers would be on the hook for the reverse surgery whether the employees still worked at the company or not.

Sen. Blaise Ingoglia, the bill sponsor, said Floridians should not be “political pawns” to a “leftist agenda” promoting a certain ideology.

“Woke businesses need to be held accountable when offering to pay for gender affirming surgeries in other states, such as California, because they are nothing more than political decisions masquerading as healthcare and human resource decisions,” the Spring Hill Republican said. “If these companies truly cared about their employees, this should be a no-brainer for them.”

At least 27 companies have pledged to pay the costs of Floridians who travel to other states for gender-affirming surgery.

The proposed legislation states an employee who receives gender dysphoria treatment through coverage provided by the employer is also entitled to the same coverage if the employee “later determines that the gender dysphoria treatment was not appropriate for him or her” and wants to reverse the treatment.

Employees denied coverage for reverse procedures may sue employers, or former employers, for damages, the bill states.

SB 952 continues a trend aimed at restricting transgender treatment in Florida.

The state adopted rules last August barring Medicaid coverage of gender dysphoria treatment. In November, the Board of Medicine and Board of Osteopathic Medicine voted to disallow gender-affirming surgery or treatment for adolescents.

The Trevor Project, a group dedicated to stopping suicide among LGBTQ youth, condemned the board’s move.

Mike Wright

Mike Wright is a former reporter with the Citrus County Chronicle, where he had covered county government and politics since 1987. Mike's skills as an investigative reporter earned him first-place awards in investigative writing. Mike also helped the Chronicle win the Frances Devore Award for Public Service in 2002.


  • Richard Bruce

    February 20, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    Why isn’t it illegal to mutilate a physically healthy body to treat mental illness?

  • Paul Passarelli

    February 20, 2023 at 2:13 pm

    I enjoyed how these two sentences bracket the beginning & end of the article:

    “‘If these companies truly cared about their employees, this should be a no-brainer for them.'”

    “The Trevor Project, a group dedicated to stopping suicide among LGBTQ youth, condemned the move.”

    I guess that indicates that the Trevor Project is staffed by people without brains.

  • Steve

    February 20, 2023 at 3:06 pm

    The surgery is elective so wouldn’t be paid for by Medicare or medicare so what’s the problem? If an insurance company or employer wants to pay for it, it’s a choice of the person and company, not the government. Stay out of the private sector.

    • Paul Passarelli

      February 20, 2023 at 8:53 pm

      Steve, I think you missed the point.

      If a private sector company were to incorporate for the purpose putting the tips on the ends of shoelaces, but as a side-gig was also dumping other company’s toxic waste into public water supplies and was to get caught doing so, they would be held accountable for the damage they cause. They would be required to clean up the mess.

      They could not argue that: “We only make shoelaces’ and the rest is just a bit of social engineering that has nothing to do with out business model.”

      I don’t like the idea of the government meddling in the private sector, but the companies that are funding this butchery in the name of ‘social justice’ are doing something just a heinous, and need to be held accountable, when the SHTF.

      But if anyone thinks the former is OK, then I’d like to invite then to invest in my bespoke ‘shoelace’ company.

  • Salvadore Perez

    February 22, 2023 at 11:11 am

    I thought Republicans were all about “Small Government” and leaving people and companies alone in their personal lives?

    Guess that idea died years ago.

    • Paul Passarelli

      February 22, 2023 at 12:58 pm

      That’s a specious argument. A law that allows one private party to sue another party for (fiscal) performance, is not necessarily a big government issue.

      But going down that path is an excellent reminder of how Democrats are more than willing to deceive anyone stupid enough to listen to their drivel.

      Thanks for playing, Salvadore.

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