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Heidi Holland, EdM

The Benefits of the Affordable Care Act for LGBT People

By | Health Policy, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
On the morning of October 1, 2013, the first day for Americans to enroll in the new health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more the 2.8 million people tried to access the HealthCare.gov website.  This volume demonstrates the significant pent-up demand for access to health care.  Among those most in need of access to health insurance are LGBT Americans.  Research has shown that lesbians and transgender people have lower rates of insurance, while many gay men have had difficulty getting insured due to pre-existing HIV infection or just the perceived risk of HIV.  Others have been denied 
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