State restrictions on genderaffirming care for children have doubled theaverage travel time to a provider in the US, study shows

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  • At least states have enacted policies restricting health care for transgender youth
  • The loss of gender affirming care clinics in those states has dramatically increased the average travel time to a provider according to a new study
  • About half of adolescents now live more than an hour away from the nearest clinic providing gender care nearly double the share before the restrictions were put in place
  • Delaying care can exacerbate stressors and health problems for kids according to the US Health and Human Services Department Office of Population Affairs
  • The pressure is mounting on the clinicians and clinics that are left now experts say
At least 20 states have enacted policies restricting health care for transgender youth, and the loss of genderaffirming care clinics in those states has dramatically increased the average travel tim [+3986 chars]