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5 things you need to know about Obamacare

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:39
  • Written by National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

If you don't currently have insurance, during open enrollment – which starts TODAY and runs through March 31, 2014 – it’ll be easier to get affordable health insurance. We put together a list of FAQs to help answer any questions you may have about open enrollment . You can also visit www.healthcare.gov to learn more.

There are many reasons that the LGBT community should be excited about the benefits of Obamacare and open enrollment. Here are 5 things we think you should know:

  • Insurance companies are no longer allowed to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. We found in our study “Injustice at Every Turn ” that 28% of transgender Americans have postponed medical care due to discrimination. The Affordable Care Act should put a stop to this discrimination. If you do experience discrimination, you can file a complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights. If you are denied a claim because of who you are, you can appeal it.

  • People can no longer be discriminated against because of pre-existing conditions like being a survivor of domestic violence, living with HIV/AIDS or being diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder/Dysphoria.
  • Obamacare also provides free preventive care, including free STI and HIV screening, help to stop smoking, domestic violence counseling, and screening for things like depression, drug and alcohol misuse and diabetes.
  • Health care will be more affordable, and that’s a huge benefit to LGBT people who are disproportionately poor. Previously, according to “Injustice at Every Turn,” 48% of transgender Americans surveyed couldn’t afford health care. Affordability will help many more people get insured and live healthier lives.
  • Young people will be able to stay on their parent or guardian’s plan up to age 26.

 

Health care enrollment begins in 1 week

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:29
  • Written by EQCA

On October 1, California's online health insurance marketplace, known as Covered California, will open enrollment and begin connecting residents with new, affordable health insurance options. This marketplace was created as a result of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and has the potential to drastically improve health disparities among the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Equality California Institute educates LGBT people and the public at large about issues impacting our community, and barriers to health care has been one of the Institute's central focuses this year. That's why we launched our "Health Happens with Equality"/"La Salud Ocurre Con La Igualdad" campaign to connect thousands of LGBT Californians with the resources needed to make informed health insurance decisions. 

Click here to sign-up to receive reminders about enrollment or to get enrollment assistance.

The passage of Obamacare will mean more protections for the LGBT community. The new law creates affordable options, bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and guarantees coverage even if you have a preexisting condition such as HIV/AIDS or mental health concerns. 

Learn more about your health insurance options in one of the following ways: