Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Reform Law!
Thursday morning the US Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). GLMA applauds the decision of the Court as the law has significant implications for the health and well-being of LGBT Americans.
In addition to key provisions that enable data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity in federal health surveys, the ACA requires health plans to cover a broad range of preventative services and will eventually prohibit the practice of denying coverage based on a pre-existing condition, which has significant impact for transgender people and people with HIV. Additionally, the law supports community prevention efforts and expanded access to HIV testing and treatment, which is why GLMA joined an amicus brief with other organizations supporting the ACA’s provisions to improve care for people with HIV.
While we take a moment to celebrate this victory for the health of all Americans, GLMA remains as committed as ever to our vision for LGBT health equality. Through our advocacy efforts, we look forward to continuing to work with our federal partners—especially those at HHS, who have been steadfast in their support of LGBT health—and will continue to call on policymakers at all levels to move forward to advance LGBT health equality.
It is through the support and strength of our membership that we are able to make your voice heard in Washington and beyond. With much work yet to be done, we know your commitment to LGBT health equality remains as strong as ever, and ours does as well.