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Affordable Care Act

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 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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Come Out For Health: National LGBT Health Awareness Week

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March 26–30, 2012 is National LGBT Health Awareness Week, highlighting the disparities in access to culturally competent care and positive health outcomes between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their heterosexual counterparts. The health of the LGBT community has long been at the heart of Fenway’s mission; and while we have seen great progress, we still have a long journey to true health equity. LGBT people have unique health and wellness needs and continue to be impacted by health disparities. For instance: Compared to other men, MSM are at increased risk of major depression during adolescence and adulthood, 
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Elizabeth Warren Visits Fenway Health

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Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren stopped by Fenway Health’s 1340 Boylston Street location today, March 20, 2012, to learn more about our organization and the work we do, as well as LGBT health and HIV/AIDS issues. Dr. Stephen Boswell, our President & CEO, and Government Relations Director Henia Handler took Warren on a tour of the building, and then she stopped to meet staff and answer questions at our monthly staff meeting. 
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Policy Focus: PrEP Could Be A “Game Changer” in Fight Against HIV

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Analysis examines biomedical prevention technology to be reviewed by U.S. Food and Drug Administration by June 15, 2012 Pre-exposure chemoprophylaxis (PrEP)—taking antiretroviral medications to prevent HIV transmission—could be a “game changer” for HIV prevention. PrEP has demonstrated partial efficacy with men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender women, and heterosexuals in several recent studies. Recent modeling of PrEP implementation coupled with scaled up treatment predicts that PrEP could significantly reduce HIV incidence and prevalence. And if PrEP is accompanied by sustained care, behavioral interventions, and safety monitoring, PrEP need not lead to increased sexual risk behavior or drug resistance. 
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