Posted by Amy Wilson-Stronks
On July 24, 2014, Amy Wilson-Stronks, on behalf of Wilson-Stronks LLC and GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, was invited to and attended a special White House Briefing on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the LGBT Community, sponsored by the Office of Public Engagement. LGBT health advocates from across the country were engaged through presentations and panel discussions from grassroots policy and advocacy organizations working to support LGBT enrollment under the ACA.
Briefing highlights included the release of Out2Enroll’s Key Lessons for LGBT Outreach and Enrollment under the Affordable Care Act and President Obama’s proclamation declaring Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender Pride Month, 2014.
“It was incredible to see so many people come together to discuss solutions to healthcare access. LGBT people suffer disproportionately in access to quality healthcare, and that is why having targeted interventions to communicate, educate, and support the LGBT community during the rollout of the ACA is so important. Kudos to the White House, Out2Enroll, and all of the stakeholders for supporting access. Wilson-Stronks will work to do our part to share this valuable information.”—Amy Wilson-Stronks
As much as this briefing celebrated success, it also recognized some of the ongoing challenges including spread of misinformation outside of the ACA marketplace, lack of public understanding of the differences between the ACA and private marketplaces implementing the law within faith-based institutions (such as Hobby Lobby), access to specialized care for the transgender community, states that have not expanded Medicaid, and states without state exchange programs. Important questions were also raised regarding the limited choice of providers and the expansiveness of the network of providers for consumers enrolled in the marketplace.
Pictured (left to right from top row) GLMA Board members: Sarah Fogel, Henry Ng, Travis Sherer, Amy Wilson-Stronks, Adam Crosland, Hector Vargas (Executive Director), Ed Craft, Jesse Joad, and Laura Hein.