Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The New Health Care Reform and The LGBT

Much has been written and said over the last year about health care reform in the U.S. The thought among many is: what will happen to healthcare now that the bill has passed without any definite inclusions or protections for the LGBT community? Although the last revision was indeed stripped of the LGBT inclusions, there is still hope, apparently. While the bill which was signed into law on March 23rd , 2010  doesn’t include the LGBT protections it had in its prior form, some Senators are saying that those protections may yet be included at a later date.

The Health Care Reform, whose actual name is “The Patient Protection and affordable Care Act”, known more widely as HCR, will still provide some protections. These protections, slight as they may be for now, can be found here, in an article by SAGE's Director of Community Advocacy & Capacity Building,Karen Taylor. SAGE is one of the most well known and respected organizations representing the elder LGBT population.

I will try my best to remain informed of any changes as they occur. It was even recently speculated by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass) who is openly gay, that the HCR passage now leaves open a quicker vote to enact ENDA (The Employment Non Discrimination Act). In the meantime more information about the bill , and more controversy no doubt, will be forthcoming. We can only wait and see what changes will be made to include provisions for the LGBT community and what we will have to do to ensure we get them.

Need more information? Visit the Health Reform Website: www.healthreform.gov/

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