WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week issued a report citing “significant strides over the past year” including improving health and well being for LGBT people as well as reducing health disparities for them. The report was covered by LGBTQ Nation, the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News and other media outlets.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the Department is committed to equal access to affordable quality health coverage.
“I am very proud of the strides that HHS has made to ensure equality for the LGBT community,” she said. “Today’s report details the department’s unprecedented commitment to the health and well being of LGBT Americans. I look forward to helping strengthen that commitment.”
Among the accomplishments cited were nondiscrimination protection in the health care system via the Affordable Care Act, sexual orientation questions on the National Health Interview Survey from the Centers for Disease Control, visitation rights in Medicare and Medicaid-using nursing homes for LGBT patients, a non-discrimination policy at the HHS and more.
Upcoming goals include developing a resource document for practitioners who work with LGBT youth and more.
The report is online at hhs.gov.