August 29, 2014 at 8:55 am EDT | by Staff reports
Study finds more gays lack health coverage
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LGBT adults are more likely to lack health insurance coverage.

LOS ANGELES — LGBT adults are more likely than their straight counterparts to lack health insurance coverage (17.6 vs. 13.2 percent respectively), according to a Gallup study released this week by the UCLA School of Law and reported by the Windy City Times.

The study considered change in health care coverage in the last quarter of 2013 and second quarter of 2014, which roughly represent the periods before and after open enrollment associated with Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare. Since the fourth quarter of 2013, the percentage of uninsured LGBT adults fell 4.4 percentage points, compared to a 3.5 point drop among non-LGBT Americans, researchers said in a press release.

The analyses are based on more than 6,000 interviews with LGBT adults (aged 18 and older) and more than 166,000 interviews with non-LGBT adults conducted from June 2013 to June 2014 as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey, the press release said. These Gallup data represent the largest survey of health and well-being that allows for identification of LGBT respondents, the UCLA School of Law press release notes.

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