The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released an issue brief, “Health and Access to Care and Coverage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals in the U.S.” The brief provides a current overview of LGBT health status, coverage, and access in this country. It also reviews the implications of the ACA, the overturning of Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), and other recent policy developments for LGBT individuals and their families.
Specifically, the brief discusses
- challenges and barriers LGBT individuals often face when accessing health services, such as stigma, discrimination, violence, denial of care because of sexual orientation status or gender identity and the provision of substandard care;
- chronic health disparities among certain groups within the LGBT community; and
- changes in the legal and policy landscape to increase access to health care and health insurance coverage for LGBT communities.
The entire Kaiser brief can also be found here.