Out2Enroll has announced a nationwide coalition of over 60 LGBT and allied organizations committed to educating LGBT consumers about the health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act, during the open enrollment period from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15.
The Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”) has provided financial stability to many LGBT people and families. “Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate for low- and middle-income LGBTQ people has dropped by an overwhelming 35% since 2013. That means more LGBTQ people have access to medically necessary services they need, from life-saving HIV drugs to gender-affirming health care,” said Katie Keith, co-founder of Out2Enroll.
Despite recent efforts in Congress to repeal the law, it remains in place and open enrollment began Nov. 1. However, the Trump Administration continues to undermine and defund outreach and enrollment efforts, causing confusion for consumers across the country. In particular, the upcoming open enrollment period was cut in half from previous years — from 90 days to only 45 days—and will now end on Dec. 15, 2017. Those who miss this deadline may be locked out of health insurance until 2019.
Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said, “The Trump Administration is doing everything it can to make it far more difficult for people without health insurance to get health care. Even though we’re under attack, we’ve got to fight and educate people. LGBTQ people should still expect to be treated fairly and protected from discrimination in health insurance and health care—and transgender people should make sure they enroll in the health insurance they need for 2018.”
“National, state, and local partnership has never been more important to raise awareness about health insurance for LGBTQ people nationwide. If the Trump Administration won’t get the word out, then we will—online through social media and paid ads, in-person at LGBTQ community centers and events, and everywhere else that we can. It’s ‘all hands on deck’ this year and we need to make sure everyone knows their options and their rights,” said Gautam Raghavan of Out2Enroll and President Obama’s former White House liaison to the LGBT community.
Launched in September 2013, Out2Enroll is a national initiative focused on connecting LGBTQ consumers with insurance coverage options available under the Affordable Care Act. For more information, visit out2enroll.org.