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Live Today: White House Minority Health Townhall

US Department of Health and Human ServicesPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin are participating in a live townhall today as part of Minority Health Month. The event runs from 12:30-2pm ET today at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, and will be available for livestream at both and

During the event, participants will discuss how the Affordable Care Act is helping minority communities achieve more equitable, higher-quality healthcare, as well as looking at what obstacles remain in eliminating stubborn healthcare disparities.

The administration has taken a number of steps to improve the healthcare experience for LGBT patients and their families. Under the leadership of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, we’ve seen new efforts to promote equal treatment of LGBT Americans, provide enhanced resources for LGBT health issues, and develop better information regarding LGBT health needs. For example, hospitals taking federal funding must extend visitation rights so LGBT people can visit their partners when in the hospital. And the administration has released the first-ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy, explicitly including gay and bisexual men and transgender people in its plan to reduce infections, increase access to care, and reduce disparities.

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