What Health Care Reform Means for LGBT Americans

National Coalition for LGBT Health and the Center for American Progress

(March 2011)   This report explains how the Affordable Care Act affects the LGBT community, and how the community and its allies can continue to advocate for broad inclusion as the law is fully implemented between now and 2014. First there is an overview of the need for health care reform, including the health disparities experienced by gay and transgender Americans that the law must address. This is followed by a brief discussion of several provisions of the Affordable Care Act that hold particular promise for improving the health and well-being of the LGBT community. Next, there is an investigation of four major areas where efforts by LGBT advocates and their allies in each state will be key to ensuring that the new health law delivers the largest possible positive results for the LGBT community when the law is fully implemented by 2014.