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March 22 webinar on health care reform law benefits for LGBT people

Date: 
March 19, 2012

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Inga Sarda-Sorensen, 646.358.1463
isorensen@thetaskforce.org

Christina DiPasquale, 202.481.8181
cdipasquale@americanprogress.org

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Center for American Progress to host webinar on maximizing health care reform law benefits for LGBT people
and their families

WASHINGTON, March 19 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Center for American Progress are marking the second anniversary of the federal health care reform law by spotlighting its impact on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their families. The groups are holding a March 22 webinar, Learn Your Power: How the Affordable Care Act Helps LGBT Americans, with representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and One Colorado, Colorado’s statewide LGBT equality organization, to address this critical issue.

Findings from reports such as Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey and How to Close the LGBT Health Disparities Gap repeatedly show that LGBT people face a higher incidence of health disparities and greater discrimination in health care settings across the life span. There are also fewer financial and community resources to tackle the serious health issues facing LGBT people and their families, making health care reform even more important. According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the Affordable Care Act may represent the strongest foundation our nation has ever created to begin closing LGBT health disparities.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Deputy Executive Director Darlene Nipper says:

“Two years ago, passage of federal health care reform marked a critical step toward ensuring access to health care for millions of people who were uninsured, and toward ending some of the health insurance industry’s most egregious abuses. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families are among those affected by this broken and imbalanced health care system. Indeed, studies show that LGBT people often face a higher incidence of health disparities and discrimination in health care settings. The Affordable Care Act is helping to break down some of these barriers and better ensure LGBT people are able to access the health care they need.”

WHAT:
Webinar to outline changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act and the ways in which LGBT people can maximize the benefits of the law for themselves, their families and their communities.

WHO:
Mayra Alvarez, director of public health policy at the HHS Office of Health Reform
Darlene Nipper, deputy executive director at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Kellan Baker, health policy analyst at the Center for American Progress
Brad Clark, executive director at One Colorado

WHEN:
Thursday, March 22, 2012
2PM–3PM EDT

RSVP:
Please register for the free webinar here.

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