Of the estimated 1.6 million homeless American youth, between 20 and 40 percent are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Homeless LGBT youth are at risk not only on the streets, but in the shelter system as well. (Prereleased to New York City press December 20, 2006.)
March 23, 2012, marked the two-year anniversary since the landmark health reform bill, the Affordable Care Act, was signed into law. Since the Affordable Care Act was signed by President Obama in 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been working to fully implement it.
While the law won’t be fully implemented until 2014, health care reform has already made a number of changes to the structure of health insurance in the United States that make some affordable health insurance options available to LGBT people and their families.