LAST UPDATED 9/11/23
Due to SB 254, there are new gender-affirming care prescribing requirements in Florida.
All members will start with a telehealth video visit with one of our Florida clinicians. During this visit, you and your clinician will review your medical history and discuss your plan of care. Please note: you must have a virtual visit prior to your in-person visit.
There is then one additional requirement for people getting HRT for gender-affirming care in Florida:
- An in-person visit with a physician / doctor (an MD or DO) to review and sign an informed consent form. FOLX will help you schedule this visit with us as part of your process.
The timing requirement of your in person visit is impacted by whether you have been on HRT for gender-affirming care before.
- If you started HRT for gender-affirming care prior to 5/17/23 you will need an in person visit by the end of 2023 (12/30/23). If you can provide documentation of your previous prescription, we will be able to write you a prescription during your telehealth visit. Use these instructions to upload your prescription documentation prior to your visit. This will ensure you don't have to wait for your first prescription!
- If you started HRT for gender-affirming care after 5/17/23 (including if you are totally new to hormone therapy!) you will need an in-person visit prior to FOLX being able to prescribe GAHT for you.
- Again, FOLX will help you schedule this visit with us as part of your process.
We have in-person hubs in the locations below:
- Aventura (which is between Fort Lauderdale and Miami)
- Fort Myers
If you are a FOLX member then we will email you a link to schedule an appointment, as well as the location address.
8/23 Update: There is no longer a requirement for a psychological/social assessment to receive gender-affirming hormone therapy in Florida. If you were waiting to complete that requirement to receive your prescription(s), you may cancel that visit. We will be in touch directly soon to get you your prescription(s)!
We know this new requirement, and all the changes, present extra barriers to care, and we are committed to helping you get the care you need. If anything changes with the requirements, we will update this page and notify you via email.
If you have a change to your GAHT medication (changing routes, adding a new GAHT medication, or switching oils due to an allergic reaction), you will need to sign a new informed consent in person for the new GAHT medication you are taking. Note that if you want to change routes of medication, such as switching from estrogen (E) patches to E pills, for example, you have to go in person before your provider can order pills.
For allergic reactions, we can send a one-time refill of the new medication. However, you then need to be seen in person to sign a new informed consent form before we can send any additional medication refills.
For any changes in dosage, you do not need an in-person visit, nor do you need to sign a new consent form. Dosage changes can be done virtually.
Message your Care Team in your Athena Patient Portal, or schedule a video visit if you’d like to discuss face-to-face.