California could require physicians to undergo training for transgender patients

(The Center Square) – A bill that would require physicians to undergo cultural competency training to provide appropriate care for transgender, gender-nonconforming and intersex people (TGI) was advanced by a committee of California lawmakers this week.

Senate Bill 923, authored by San Francisco Sen. Scott Wiener, would require cultural competency trans-inclusive healthcare training into existing continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. The bill would also require Health and Human Services to create a working group that includes TGI people to create a quality standard for patient experience.

…The bill faces opposition from the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, which wrote that the bill “violates the rights of healthcare plan staff, as well as staff of insurance providers, to exercise their religious liberty by opting out of such training,” according to a bill analysis from the Senate Health Committee.

The bill was initially opposed by the California Medical Association, who had concerns that the legislation would be “challenging to implement” and “apply additional barriers to practicing medicine when California is facing a health care workforce shortage.”