New research from the Center for American Progress shows that the Affordable Care Act is making significant headway in connecting lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender individuals & their families with affordable, high-quality health insurance coverage but more remains to be done. The report shows that in 2013 one in three LGBT people eligible for financial assistance to gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act were uninsured. By 2014 that number had dropped to one in four or 26 percent. In the past year since the first open enrollment period under the ACA, the rate of uninsured among low & middle-income LGBT adults fell 8 percentage points or 24 percent. Kellan Baker, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress & lead author of the report stated, “The substantial drop in uninsured among LGBT individuals eligible for financial help to access coverage underscores the importance of the health reform law for promoting both the health & economic security of LGBT people & their families. LGBT health is an LGBT equality issue—especially for LGBT groups that are particularly likely to live in poverty, such as women, people of color & transgender people.” The report’s findings show significant drops in uninsured across the board for different LGBT groups as well as positive experiences among those who explored their options through Medicaid & the marketplaces, enrolled in coverage & attempted to access health care using their new coverage.
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