Learn your power: How the Affordable Care Act helps LGBT Americans
Want to know what the new health care law — the Affordable Care Act — is doing for you and your family? The Task Force is co-hosting a Webinar that will answer all your questions. Click here to register.
Join the Task Force, the Center for American Progress and representatives from One Colorado and the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday, March 22, from 2-3pm ET to learn about how health care reform helps LGBT people and their families.
The Webinar will feature:
Darlene Nipper, deputy executive director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Kellan Baker, health policy analyst, Center for American Progress
Mayra Alvarez, director, Office of Health Reform, Health & Human Services
Brad Clark, executive director, One Colorado
Many of us have experienced hostility or ignorance from health care providers, simply because of bias about who we are. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) guarantees that LGBT people can buy health insurance plans that don’t discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Data from the Task Force’s study Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, which was done in collaboration with the National Center for Transgender Equality, shows that 1 in 5 people surveyed have been refused medical care because they were transgender or gender non-conforming. The rates are even higher for people of color.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius says:
The Affordable Care Act is greatly improving access to health coverage for LGBT Americans. Studies have shown that health disparities related to sexual orientation and gender identity are due in part to lower rates of health coverage. The Affordable Care Act will give all Americans, including LGBT Americans, improved access to health coverage through an expanded, stronger Medicaid program and . . . marketplaces for quality, affordable health insurance.
You can also read more from Task Force New Beginning Initiative Project Director Brad Jacklin on how LGBT people benefit under the Affordable Care Act in his recent Huffington Post article.