Health Care Reform and LGBT People

The U.S. Supreme Court has just decided to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” a move that is extremely helpful for LGBT people.  Some of the most important provisions related to LGBT people:

  • Pre-existing conditions will no longer be a barrier to getting health care insurance, a provision that is especially important to transgender people, who are sometimes excluded from coverage because “gender identity disorder” is ruled a pre-existing condition;
  • Making private insurance policies available to small employers and individuals who make between $15,000 and $43,000 per year;
  • Non-discrimination provisions covering sexual orientation and gender identity;
  • The collection of data to better understand LGBT health disparities, which sets necessary groundwork for future programs to improve LGBT persons’ health;
  • Improved coverage of preventive care for Medicare beneficiaries; and
  • Much more.

Here are two more places to consult to find out more about LGBT people’s health and the Affordable Care Act at:

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