This Thursday, September 12th, Amy Wilson-Stronks along with other LGBT advocates have been invited to attend a White House briefing on Obamacare and impacts on the LGBT community. The briefing will discuss particular needs that members of the LGBT community face, including limited access to health care, insurance, and preventive care, and how the Affordable Care Act is addressing these needs.
According to the the invite, the briefing aims to provide LGBT advocates with information and resources to help their communities access more affordable health care. When the individual mandate goes into effect and health care exchange enrollment begins, it is especially important that members and leaders of the LGBT community are aware of protections in place, including the prohibition of discrimination for pre-existing medical conditions and gender-based discrimination.
The event will feature Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services as the keynote speaker. New research will be presented on how LGBT communities perceive and access health care, and suggested messaging strategies for reaching key sub-communities, followed by a panel discussion of best practices by community organizations, and breakout sessions to connect local leaders and plan regional enrollment events across the country.
Wilson-Stronks is interested to hear your opinions, comments, and questions about this event and how the Affordable Care Act will affect members of the LGBT community. Please email info@Wilson-Stronks.com or leave comments on our Facebook page and we will post as many questions with answers as we can. Wilson-Stronks is proud to be able to offer you up-to-date information during these changing healthcare times.
Update: Video footage of remarks by Secretary Sebelius and Valerie Jarrett at the White House Briefing on the Affordable Care Act and the LGBT Community: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG5RoWm2rSE