Tuesday, November 10, 2009

House Passes Health Reform Bill with Key LGBT Provisions

House Passes Health Reform Bill with Key LGBT Provisions « HRC Back Story:
"Late this evening, the House passed the Affordable Health Care for America Act, H.R. 3962, by a vote of 220 to 215. While this is a historic step toward improving health care for all Americans, it is also a tremendous advance for the health needs of LGBT people. HRC lobbied the three committees involved in drafting the bill to include provisions that would help LGBT people in particular obtain the improved access to health care that the Act is designed to provide. Some of these measures have been part of HRC’s legislative agenda as free-standing bills for many years. The key provisions in the bill that the House passed are:"

HRC lists five pieces of the law that will provide expansion of protections for LGBT patients:
1. Health disparities
2. Unequal taxation of Domestic Partnership benefits
3. Equal treatment for HIV under Medicaid
4. Comprehensive sex education
5. Non-discrimination

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