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hey can’ ge coverage hrough a parner or a spouse. And unorunaely way oo many LGB individuals ace discriminaion and bigory in he healh care sysem.”Forunaely, she noes, “he Aordable Care Ac may represen he sronges oundaion we have ever creaed o begin closing LGB healh dispariies.”
Below are some o helaw’s numerous benes or gay and ransgender individuals and communiies.
Data collection to better understand gay and transgender health disparities
According o he law, he secreary o Healh and Human Services may collec any demographic daa he or she believes o be imporan or undersanding and addressinghealh dispariies. In June 2011 Secreary Sebelius announced a plan or including sexualorienaion and gender ideniy in naional daa collecion eors saring in 2013, inaddiion o he law’s required caegories o race, ehniciy, primary language, sex, anddisabiliy saus.
Te sae-based healh insurance exchanges, which will sell aordableprivae healh insurance coverage saring in 2014, also oer an opporuniy o gaherdaa on he insurance needs and experiences o gay and ransgender enrollees.
Patient’s Bill of Rights to end health insurance industry abuses
Te new Paien’s Bill o Righs oulaws many o he insurance indusry’s wors abuses.I ended lieime limis on coverage in 2010 and will phase ou annual limis on cover-age by 2014, boh o which are paricularly imporan or people wih high medical billsrom condiions such as HIV or cancer. As o 2014 i also prohibis insurance carriersrom denying coverage on he basis o a pre-exising condiion such as HIV or a rans-gender medical hisory and rom arbirarily canceling a sick person’s coverage.
Expansion of public insurance coverage through Medicaid
Te law ses a new naional hreshold or Medicaid eligibiliy. Saring in 2014 adulsunder age 65 who make less han $15,000 per year will be eligible or Medicaid coveragein every sae. Tese 16 million newly eligible Medicaid beneciaries will include many gay and ransgender Americans and heir amilies, since widespread discriminaion inhe workplace and in relaionship recogniion means gay and ransgender people aredisproporionaely likely o have lower incomes and o be uninsured.
In paricular, he expansion will bene hose living in he 10 saes wih he mosresricive curren Medicaid eligibiliy sandards, including exas, Alabama, Arkansas, Virginia, and Louisiana. Tese 10 saes are home o an esimaed 1.5 million gay and