Topic: LGBT

Health Equity

There is a growing realization among healthcare researchers, clinicians, and advocates that a focus on health care disparities is an important aspect of improving healthcare outcomes and that activities toward improvement must bring together many elements of our healthcare delivery system.

New CMS Research Looks at Health Disparities Impacting Older LGBT People

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released research drawn from the 2013-14 National Health Interview Survey highlighting health disparities between LGBT and other older people (age 65 or older).

New Resources to Help LTC Facility Staff Work with LGBT Older Persons and Their Families

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently issued a Survey and Certification Tool, with an introduction by Secretary Greenlee of the Administration for Community Living (ACL) within the Department of Health and Human Services

Further Federal Protections for Same-Sex Married Couples

In May 2014, the Administration for Community Living (ACL), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, issued guidance applicable to all ACL grantees concerning the federal government's policy on same-sex marriages following the Supreme Court Decision in United States v. Windsor.

Bill Introduced to Ensure Equality Under Social Security for Same-Sex Spouses

On May 8, 2014, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) introduced a bill to amend the Social Security Act so that all legal marriages are appropriately recognized.

HHS Announces First Guidance Implementing Supreme Court’s Decision on the Defense of Marriage Act

[T]he Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a memo clarifying that all beneficiaries in private Medicare plans have access to equal coverage when it comes to care in a nursing home where their spouse lives.

Demise of DOMA: Implementing Federal Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States stated that Section Three of DOMA is a "deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S Constitution."

New SSA Rules on Gender Discrimination & DOMA Ruling

Last week, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published new rules that make it easier for the estimated 700,000 transgender Americans to update their Social Security records to reflect their gender designation.

Impact of Budget Control Act and Sequestration on Aids Drug Assistance Programs

9,400 individuals could lose access to their drugs that would have otherwise been provided under the program.

Improving LGBT Health: The 2012 Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Annual LGBT Report

Highlighted elements of the 2012 annual report of the Coordinating Committee of HHS on improving the health and well being of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

Increased Funding for AIDS Drugs Assistance Program Responds to Need for Additional HIV/AIDS Services

Having a national strategy to combat HIV/AIDS, including increased funding opportunities such as for ADAP, is essential to bringing HIV/AIDS into the realm of a manageable disease as we await a cure.

The Right to Visit Partners and Others In Medicare Participating Hospitals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently issued new rules for Medicare and Medicaid participating hospitals that require written policies protecting patients' rights to choose their visitors during a stay in the hospital.

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