Have you faced heath care discrimination? HHS is accepting comments on health reform

Via email from the Trevor Project:

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We Need Your Help! Share Your Stories About Discrimination in Health Care

Dear LGBTQI reader,

The Affordable Care Act, often known as Obamacare, includes important provisions to protect patients from discrimination in health care, including discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Right now, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is in the process of deciding just how robust those protections will be.

To help understand the experiences of our community, HHS is asking for examples of the kind of discrimination that LGBTQ people face in health care settings. No one can tell your story better than you can, so today we are asking you to share your health care discrimination experiences with us.  We will collect your stories and submit them to HHS to be part of the official record considered as they move forward in deciding how best to implement these important nondiscrimination provisions.

For example, this could include times that you felt disrespected by a provider because of your LGBTQ identity, times that you received substandard care, or times when the identity-specific care you needed was not covered by your insurance. These nondiscrimination provisions will apply to all kinds of providers, so please think about your experiences receiving both physical and mental health services. 

Help us tell HHS why robust nondiscrimination protections are so necessary to ensure LGBTQ people have equal access to health care!

Very truly yours,  
Alison Gill
Government Affairs Director
The Trevor Project

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