Dept. of Health and Human Services Announces Review of LGBT Healthcare Issues
April 1, 2011
Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the results of an internal review of ways they could address additional LGBT healthcare issues. HHS announced many recommendations today, including a commitment to collecting LGBT health data through federally-funded surveys, guidance to states regarding access to federal welfare programs for LGBT families, guidance to states regarding protection of a same-sex partner’s assets when his or her partner uses Medicaid for long-term care, and expanded outreach regarding the range of HHS funding opportunities for organizations that serve the LGBT community.
For years, HRC has been lobbying the Department to make a number of policy changes related to LGBT health and we’ve detailed them in our Blueprint for Positive Change, including recognizing the LGBT community as a health disparity population and collecting health data on sexual orientation and gender identity. We’re encouraged by this major step at HHS and are certain that Secretary Sebelius will take the necessary steps to address the appalling deficiencies that exist.
As federal efforts to address our community’s health care needs and challenges goes forward, HRC will continue to raise the bar for health providers and advocate for policies that promote equal access to health care.
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