Show-Me Legal Fight: Should Obamacare Cover Puberty Blockers?!?

Admittedly . . . That's a question that might send your drunk uncle into hysterics. 

However . . .

The designation of "gender dysphoria" as a legit disability is now at the forefront of Missouri's most contentious battles . . . Here are the basics: 

By halting the prescriptions of puberty blockers and hormones to minors for gender transition purposes, the plaintiffs argue the university health system unconstitutionally discriminates on the basis of sex and disability status.

“Because the Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sex or disability, we have all kinds of protections for various disabilities,” said Jenkins & Kling attorney Nicole Gorovsky. “Some of the legislation in this area has really put these hospitals in a bind.”

An interesting question at the heart of this case, Gorovsky said, is whether gender dysphoria counts as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. If they can demonstrate that, she added, the plaintiffs’ case has a solid path.

“Gender dysphoria is this concept that you don't feel that you were born in the body that you belong in, and the definition of disability under the ADA is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of the individual,” she said.

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How conflicting Missouri and federal laws on gender-affirming care put 'hospitals in a bind'

Does gender dysphoria count as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act? The question lies at the center of a federal lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri earlier this month.