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White House Hosting Minority Health Blogger Townhall

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

April is National Minority Health month, and the White House is holding a townhall meeting to discuss the Affordable Care Act and how it impacts racial and ethnic minorities. The event also will cover healthcare disparities. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Dr. Regina Benjamin, the Surgeon General, are among those participating.

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 parents 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.

The townhall is taking place at the Executive Office Building, but also will be live streamed via and

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