SAN DIEGO — With the Dec. 15 deadline for coverage starting in January fast approaching, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this week announced partnerships with key national organizations to support LGBT outreach and enrollment efforts during 2016 Open Enrollment, the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News reports.
As part of LGBT Week of Action from Dec. 7-11, Out2Enroll and other organizations held enrollment activities and provided in-person assistance across the country. Additionally, partners leveraged social media campaigns to ask their members and affiliates to sign up for an affordable health plan for 2016 through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
“This administration has made historic progress for the LGBT community, ensuring that people cannot be denied health coverage because of their gender identity, sexual orientation, or pre-existing conditions,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell in the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News article. “We are proud to continue that progress and work with our national partners to give more LGBT Americans and their families access to quality, affordable health coverage.”
Health disparities for LGBT people, such as lack of health care coverage, poverty and other barriers to care, have been widely reported.