NY law aims to provide better care for LGBTQ+ youth, training for nurses

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation aimed at protecting LGBTQ+ youth to get the medical services they need, and nurses and home health aides will be trained in specific ways they can provide such healthcare.

The new law targets homeless and runaway youth under the age of 18 and allows them to receive support services and consent to medical care, something that has until now usually required parental permission. Such a group is disproportionately represented by the LGBTQ+ population, making up about 40 percent of this sector, according to Ms. Hochul's office.

"Every member of the LGBTQ+ community deserves health care that is available, accessible, and equitable," Ms. Hochul said. "It is critical that we create a more welcoming, inclusive, and affirming health care environment in order to improve health care outcomes for the LGBTQ+ community, particularly vulnerable youth."

The new law requires training specifically addressing the needs of patients of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities and should ensure that these patients receive culturally competent care, the governor's office said.

Some health providers have expressed concern they may not be reimbursed for such training, according to a Dec. 29 Western New York News Now report.

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