BALTIMORE — The GLMA — formerly known as the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association — was slated to honor former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in Baltimore this week with an award for improving federal health policy for LGBT U.S. residents, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Sebelius served as the nation’s health secretary from 2009 until earlier this year, when she resigned after accepting responsibility for the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act and its HealthCare.gov platform.
During her tenure, GLMA said Sebelius “oversaw and led a rapid transformation in how the federal government addressed the health and well-being of LGBT people,” from making sure the Affordable Care Act was inclusive of LGBT communities to establishing new regulations for hospital visitations by same-sex couples, the Sun reported.
Sebelius also increased funding for LGBT programs, including community center trainings and a national resource center on LGBT aging, and incorporated LGBT identity more explicitly into national health studies.
“As Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius’ leadership on LGBT health and equality was unparalleled,” said GLMA President Henry Ng in a statement. “The LGBT community is grateful to her and we are honored she will join us next week to accept the GLMA Achievement Award.”
The award is slated to be presented on Thursday, after the Blade’s print deadline.