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Policy brief outlines major impact new health nondiscrimination regulation will have on healthcare providers and insurers, and transgender patients

By | Health Policy, LGBT Health, The Fenway Institute, Trans | No Comments
Today, The Fenway Institute released What the new Affordable Care Act nondiscrimination rule means for providers and LGBT patients, a policy brief outlining the significant impact a new rule of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is expected to have on the ability of transgender people to access health care. Implementation of the new Section 1557 rule, issued by OCR in May 2016, began on July 18. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in health care facilities and programs receiving federal funding. The new rule also explicitly protects people who 
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Fenway Health commends the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Fenway Health commends Supreme Court for upholding federally-run insurance exchanges

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Fenway Health commends the U.S. Supreme Court for ruling 6-3 in favor of federally-run insurance marketplaces. Because of a legal challenge to the federally-run insurance exchanges, some 6.5 million newly-insured Americans were at risk of losing their health insurance. Altogether 16.4 million Americans are newly insured through private insurance or Medicaid since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in January 2014. “The Affordable Care Act has led to the largest expansion of health insurance coverage since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965,” said Stephen Boswell, MD, FACP, President & CEO of Fenway Health. “Because they were less 
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Creating Change is the premier annual organizing and skills-building event for the LGBT community and their allies.

Fenway and CAP Sponsor Pre-Conference Institute on LGBT Health at Creating Change Conference Featuring White House, HHS & VA Officials

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Officials from The White House, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Veterans Affairs will join leaders from LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) organizations for a day-long institute on LGBT health and the Affordable Care Act on January 30, 2014, in advance of Creating Change 2014. The world’s largest LGBT activist conference, organized by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, will take place in Houston.  Organized by The Fenway Institute and the Center for American Progress, the pre-conference institute will cover topics including: How we can ensure culturally competent health care for LGBT people 
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The Affordable Care Act offers several benefits and protections for LGBT Americans

The Benefits of the Affordable Care Act for LGBT People

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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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Fenway is working to strengthen LGBT non-discrimination protections in the Affordable Care Act

Fenway Comments on HHS’s Rulemaking for the Nondiscrimination Requirements in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act

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On September 30, the last day the U.S. government was open before the shutdown, The Fenway Institute submitted public comment to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging HHS to issue a nondiscrimination provision to ensure LGBT Americans’ ability to access nondiscriminatory health care in all settings, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Fenway believes that such a regulation would be consistent with other regulations HHS has published in order to implement the Affordable Care Act, such as the 2012 federal regulation that outlaws sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination by Qualified Health Plans traded on state 
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