LGBT Community Eyes Obamacare
Equal access to Obamacare for all Americans – including lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders.
It’s a tall order, but ensuring it happens is now part of the mission at the U.S. Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights. The agency is a nearly $40 million operation that historically has investigated discrimination charges against hospitals and other providers in cases that typically involved the disabled or minorities.
Access to health care services, including preventive care such as cancer screenings, are a huge part of the problem.
According to a 2011 report from the Center for American Progress, gay men and lesbians experience elevated rates of certain cancers, including breast cancer, melanoma, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, because of the difficulty they have in accessing health care. Also, lesbian and bisexual women are at greater risk than heterosexual women for chronic diseases linked to smoking and obesity.