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Naya Taylor

Lambda Legal sues doctor, clinic for denying care to transgender woman

Thursday, April 17, 2014
URBANA, Ill. -- Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a lawsuit claiming that an Illinois health care services group denied medical care to a transgender woman after she requested hormone replacement therapy. [ Read more → ]
Dr. Paul Melchert (left) and his husband James Zimmerman, with their twin boys.

Study: Marriage leads to improved health for same-sex couples and their children

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A recent report from The New England Journal of Medicine finds that marriage equality has positive effects on public health by improving access to healthcare for same-sex couples and their children, and reducing the risks of anxiety, depression and other mental health problems when a couple’s relationship is not legally recognized. [ Read more → ]
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Same-sex spouses to be recognized for Medicare eligibility, enrollment

Thursday, April 3, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Obama Administration announced Thursday that same-sex spouses will be recognized in administering several aspects of the Medicare program, regardless of where the couple resides. [ Read more → ]
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Ohio couple dismisses challenge to gay marriage ban over healthcare coverage

Friday, March 28, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A married, same-sex couple in Ohio who had trouble getting family coverage under the federal health care law has dismissed their lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s gay marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
Matt Rourke, APCarl Bechdel, left, and his husband Dan Miller, at their home in Harrisburg, Pa. It took two months of near daily phone calls and emails to an insurer for Bechdel and Miller to get family coverage under the federal health law. The couple was initially told their application was not processed because Pennsylvania doesn't recognize their marriage.

Same-sex couples finding uneven access to health insurance

Thursday, March 27, 2014
For same-sex couples, access to family insurance plans under Affordable Care Act is not guaranteed this year, and their options run the gamut, mirroring in part the patchwork of state laws governing same-sex marriage that have changed rapidly in recent years. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court to hear cases relating to employers’ religious beliefs

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases next week that test the degree to which employers may use their personal religious beliefs to deny certain health coverage for employees. Neither case involves any LGBT-related health coverage; but the decisions in both may affect whether employers will be able to cite religious beliefs to deny such services as alternative insemination and gender reassignment. [ Read more → ]
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HHS: Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples

Friday, March 14, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Obama Administration on Friday released new guidance clarifying that the Affordable Care Act prohibits insurers from discriminating against same-sex spouses who wish to purchase health coverage as a family. [ Read more → ]
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D.C. mayor announces health coverage requirements for transgender citizens

Thursday, February 27, 2014
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray on Thursday announced that public and private health insurance plans that the D.C. government regulates -- including Medicaid, D.C. government employee insurance, and private plans sold on D.C.'s health exchange -- will be required to cover transition-related care. [ Read more → ]
Ohio

Couple challenging Ohio gay marriage ban due to denial of family health plan

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A married same-sex couple has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit asking a judge to declare Ohio's statewide ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
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Brookdale to offer same-sex spousal benefits in response to lawsuit

Friday, January 31, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. — A Tennessee-based company that is a target of a sex discrimination complaint in Connecticut says it's changing its policy and will provide health coverage to the spouses of same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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Blue Cross reversing course, will offer gay N.C. couples family policies

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina's largest insurer is reversing course and now says it will offer family coverage to same-sex married couples and domestic partners in new policies. [ Read more → ]
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Nebraska’s Sarpy County extends benefits for same-sex couples

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
PAPILLION, Neb. -- Sarpy County commissioners have decided to extend health insurance benefits to spouses of gay county employees who have legally married in another state but live in Nebraska. [ Read more → ]
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Conn. woman sues Brookdale Senior Living over same-sex spousal benefits

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut physical therapist has filed a sex discrimination complaint against the West Hartford senior living center where she works, saying she is being illegally denied health benefits for her wife. [ Read more → ]
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield cuts family policies for gay N.C. couples

Sunday, January 26, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina's largest insurer has cancelled family insurance policies sold to 20 gay and lesbian couples on a federal insurance marketplace because of restrictive contract language the company plans to remove next year. [ Read more → ]
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Feds ease rules on health care tax breaks for married, same-sex couples

Monday, December 16, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is letting legally married same-sex couples claim some health care tax benefits for this year. [ Read more → ]
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Advocacy groups issue hospital guide for treating transgender patients

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
A group of LGBT advocacy organizations have jointly released a unique, groundbreaking publication to provide guidance to U.S. hospitals seeking to improve health care for transgender patients. [ Read more → ]
Jeff Chiu, APJamison Green, a transgender man who owns Jamison Green & Associates, a transgender benefit consulting firm, says part of the reason more companies don’t offer transgender benefits is that many are not aware that the insurance they’ve purchased excludes treatments for transgender employees.

More companies offering health benefits to transgender workers

Thursday, October 24, 2013
WASHINGTON -- When Koset Surakomol decided to have a sex change operation, the company she worked for told her co-workers that the man they'd labored alongside for a dozen years should be addressed as a woman going forward. [ Read more → ]
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Advocacy groups: CDC must revise cancer screening policy for transgender women

Friday, October 18, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Two leading LGBT advocacy groups on Friday called on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to "investigate and change any discriminatory guidelines" that deny federally subsidized breast cancer screenings for transgender women. [ Read more → ]
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Calif. governor signs law to improve healthcare training related to LGBT seniors

Friday, October 11, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A new California law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown late Wednesday aims to ensure that the state's LGBT seniors get respectful and competent elder care by integrating LGBT cultural competency instruction into training received by residential care facility administrators. [ Read more → ]
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Report: LGBT seniors suffer health disparities, economic insecurities

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
LGBT seniors suffer health disparities and economic insecurities that are compounded over the course of a lifetime with devastating effects, according to a new report by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. [ Read more → ]
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White House, HHS to hold joint briefing on Obamacare and LGBT community

Thursday, September 12, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The White House Office of Public Engagement and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday will host a joint briefing on the Affordable Healthcare Act and its impact on LGBT Americans. [ Read more → ]
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HHS reports on accomplishments, new efforts to improve LGBT health

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday said it had achieved "significant strides over the past year" and announced its objectives for the coming year, for improving the health and well-being of LGBT individuals, families, and communities. [ Read more → ]
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Record number of healthcare facilities commit to equal care for LGBT patients

Thursday, July 11, 2013
WASHINGTON – U.S. hospitals and clinics are increasingly committed to equality for LGBT patients, according to a report released Thursday by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. [ Read more → ]
Maryland

With marriage now legal, Md. to end partner benefits for gay state workers

Saturday, May 4, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Governor of Maryland has notified state employees that shared benefits for domestic partners will end on December 31, and if they want to continue their health insurance coverage, they'll have to get married. [ Read more → ]
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Domestic Partner benefits stand for Michigan state workers

Thursday, May 2, 2013
LANSING, Mich. — A decision to provide health insurance to same-sex domestic partners of Michigan state government employees has been left intact. [ Read more → ]
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