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posted Friday, September 6 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 36
Getting the most from Obamacare - Out2Enroll offers LGBT-specific guide to new health coverage options
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Getting the most from Obamacare - Out2Enroll offers LGBT-specific guide to new health coverage options

The Center for American Progress, the Sellers Dorsey Foundation, and the Federal Agencies Project have announced the launch of Out2Enroll, a campaign to inform LGBT communities about new coverage options available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to encourage LGBT individuals to enroll in coverage. The Out2Enroll campaign kicked off on September 12 with a briefing at the White House that featured remarks from presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and LGBT health and health reform experts from across the country.

Out2Enroll will work at the national and state levels to link LGBT communities with their new coverage options under the health reform law. The centerpiece of the campaign is a website tailored to LGBT community concerns that will include information about key issues such as same-sex partner coverage, Transgender-inclusive coverage, and LGBT-inclusive discrimination protections. Out2Enroll will also work with partners such as Enroll America, Community Catalyst, consumer health advocates, and LGBT equality organizations to host regional forums and conduct state-level advocacy campaigns to educate LGBT communities about available coverage and to encourage enrollment through the marketplaces.

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The Out2Enroll initiative is based on a new study revealing that 34% of lower-income LGBT adults are uninsured - and most of these individuals are not aware of the new coverage options that will be available starting October 1, 2013. The research also shows that targeted assistance from consumer-assistance entities familiar with LGBT community concerns will be crucial to the success of efforts to enroll uninsured LGBT individuals in coverage.

'Contrary to popular stereotypes, many LGBT people are struggling with a lack of insurance and difficulty accessing health care,' said Kellan Baker of the Center for American Progress, which commissioned the study. 'The new coverage options available under the Affordable Care Act will be critical to ensuring that LGBT people can get the care they need, when they need it.'

'Like so many people across the country, LGBT community members have questions about what the health reform law means for them,' said Christopher Labonte of the Sellers Dorsey Foundation. 'Out2Enroll's targeted outreach and enrollment program will offer the kind of community-specific information and resources LGBT people need to navigate these new options.'

'Health is an LGBT equality issue,' said James Williams of Trimpa Group, a partner of the Federal Agencies Project. 'Out2Enroll will help make sure not only that LGBT people and their families have legal protections from discrimination, but also that they enjoy equal access to the benefits of health reform.'

For more information about Out2Enroll and to learn more about supporting efforts to connect every American with appropriate health insurance coverage, visit www.Out2Enroll.org. - Submitted by the Center for American Progress

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