October 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST | by Staff reports
Streamlining LGBT enrollment in Obamacare
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Increased health challenges for LGBT people have been widely documented. (Photo by Bigstock)

NEW YORK — Efforts are being made to get LGBT Americans signed up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, CNN reports.

In honor of National Coming Out Day last week, Out2Enroll’s “Be Out, Be Healthy, Get Covered” campaign launched an LGBT-friendly website with advice about how to navigate the insurance marketplace.

Kellan Baker, who heads the program, did focus groups and surveys with hundreds of LGBT people and heard many concerns, CNN reports.

Increased health challenges for LGBT people have been widely documented. Last month, the Obama administration called a meeting of LGBT leaders to talk about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the community, CNN said.

Out2Enroll worked with the administration to ensure the new law is LGBT-inclusive. The new law offers domestic partner benefits, prevents eligibility barriers based on sexual orientation, gender identity and pre-existing conditions.

Open enrollment for the Obamacare insurance marketplaces runs through March 31. But to get covered by Jan. 1 — the deadline for everyone in the country to have insurance — one must pay for a policy by Dec. 15.

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