HOBOKEN, N.J. — The U.S. Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights is working on details of a plan to show how LGBT Americans will have equal access to benefits outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), the Credit Union Times and one of its sister sites Benefits Pro, reported last week.
The Act promises “health care regardless of race, color, national origin, disability, age or gender.”
Based on available numbers, the National Academy of Sciences, in a report released in 2011, agreed that gay and transgender people often face “barriers to equitable health care” and receive substandard care when they seek it.
One big variable already identified clearly: While many of those with HIV live in the nearly 30 states that have either already opted for Medicaid expansion under PPACA or are in the process of doing so, there are many more who live in states still sitting on the sidelines, Benefits Pro reported.
Other possible impediments to proper care are being explored, the article said.