June 19, 2013 | by Staff reports
Navigating Obama’s health care reform law
LGBT groups have released a new guide to help LGBT patients navigate the health care reform law championed by President Obama. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

LGBT groups have released a new guide to help LGBT patients navigate the health care reform law championed by President Obama. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

TRENTON, N.J. — The Family Equality Council and the Center for American Progress have a new guide to assist LGBT couples and parents access health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, Out in Jersey, a gay New Jersey news outlet, reported this week. The guide is a resource that will introduce families to the intricacies of enrollment, tax credits, shared responsibility payments, health insurance marketplaces and navigators, the article said.

“The Affordable Care Act will make health insurance affordable for millions of more Americans, including families with parents who are LGBT,” Heron Greenesmith, legislative counsel for Family Equality Council, was quoted by Out in Jersey as saying. “Yet LGBT families will face specific obstacles to accessing coverage because of the patchwork of federal and state laws governing health insurance. We hope this guide will serve as a basic intro to affordable health care.”

Currently, the ACA prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and many states will be offering family plans that include same-sex parents and their children. But while the Defense of Marriage Act remains federal law, families with same-sex parents will have to apply for tax credits separately instead of as a family.

Family Equality Council and the Center for American Progress have been working closely to ensure the inclusive implementation of the Affordable Care Act and will continue to advocate for and educate the LGBT community as the ACA comes into full implementation in January 2014.

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