What’s Happening

FEB 16, 2024

Both MHAS and ODH announced that they would host a public hearing on DeWine’s proposed anti-trans administrative rules. Hearings for mid-March were announced by each department.

FEB 8, 2024

Both MHAS and ODH released updated versions of their proposed administrative rules. The updated proposals still restrict access to care for youth. Restrictions to adult care were removed, but reporting requirements for both youth and adults are still included. MHAS opened another public comment period for their updated proposal. ODH submitted their proposal to the Joint Committee for Administrative Rule Review (JCARR).

FEB 5, 2024

The deadline closed to submit public comments opposing DeWine’s proposed anti-trans administrative rules to the ODH.

Equitas Health | Speaking Up & Speaking Out

See what Equitas Health providers and advocates have to say about the impact of HB 68 and DeWine’s proposed rule changes.

Equitas Health | Public Statements & Comments

No one should have to worry that the government will block their access to medically necessary care.

What’s Next

Stay informed about the latest developments

HB68

On Jan. 24, the Ohio Senate voted to override DeWine’s veto. Unless challenged in  court, HB 68 will become law after 90 days on Apr. 23, 2024. 

On Jan. 29, the ACLU of Ohio announced it will file a lawsuit challenging HB 68 before it takes effect. 

DeWine’s Proposed Administrative Rule Changes

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Ohio Department of Health proposals will go through a public hearing. After the Mar. 18 hearing for MHAS and the Mar. 21 hearing for ODH, the rules may rescinded, amended, or finalized. If amended or finalized, they must then go before the Joint Commission on Agency Rules Review (JCARR). JCARR is expected to host additional public hearings on the proposals. Currently, the next regularly scheduled meetings for JCARR are Mar. 4 and Mar. 25, 2024.

What We Are Doing

Providing Care For All

Equitas Health will continue to provide gender-affirming care. We will continue to follow internationally established guidelines for that care. Unlike Gov. DeWine’s proposed rule changes, medical experts developed these guidelines, placing patient care at the forefront.

  • Learn more about Equitas Health’s gender affirming care services here.
  • Review our Gender-Affirming Care Guide here.


Fighting for Gender-Affirming Care in Ohio

Equitas Health will always speak out against any attempt to restrict gender-affirming care for the people we serve. Our gender-affirming care providers and advocates are making their voices heard and sharing their expertise on local, state, and national news outlets.

We will provide updates about this developing situation on this page, our social media platforms, and equitashealth.com.

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What You Can Do

Make your voice heard!

Let the state know how you feel about HB 68 and Gov. DeWine’s proposed administrative rule changes. Tell them that gender-affirming care saves lives. Remind them that healthcare decisions should be made by patients and their healthcare providers – not politicians.

Submit another public comment and/or attend the upcoming MHAS hearing.

The MHAS public hearing will be held on Monday, Mar. 18, 2024 at 10 AM in the Lobby Hearing Room of the  Rhodes State Office Tower at 20 E. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio. Attend the hearing to provide verbal comment and/or submit your written comments via email at  MH-SOT-GTC2-rules@mha.ohio.gov no later than 5 PM on Monday, Mar. 18, 2024.


Submit another public comment and/or attend the upcoming ODH hearing.

The ODH public hearing will be held on Thursday, Mar. 21, 2024 from 11:30 PM — 1 PM on Microsoft Teams via this link. Attend the virtual hearing to provide verbal comment. If you plan on attending the hearing, reserve your spot by emailing Alicyn.Carrel@odh.ohio.gov with the subject line “TESTIFYING IN PUBLIC HEARING ON MARCH 21.” Whether or not you plan on attending the hearing, submit your written comments via email at Alicyn.Carrel@odh.ohio.gov.

Contact the members of the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR).

Contact the committee members. Express your opposition to anti-trans administrative rules proposed by both MHAS and ODH. Email jcarr1@jcarr.state.oh.us.

Donate to or apply for TransOhio’s Trans-formation Emergency Fund.

Every dollar you give pays for emergency expenses, such as covering initial care visits outside of insurance, travel, moving costs, temporary housing, and other essentials.

Follow the ACLU of Ohio.

The ACLU of Ohio announced a lawsuit challenging HB 68. Follow their page for updates and details about the impending lawsuit.