LGBT Health and Well-being
HHS works to improve the health and well-being of all Americans, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). This includes ensuring that LGBT Americans, families, and communities receive equal access to health services; providing enhanced resources for LGBT health issues; developing better information regarding LGBT health needs; and working to close the LGBT health disparities gap that currently exists.
Like all Americans, LGBT Americans deserve respectful and culturally competent medical care and the security of affordable health care that meets their needs. HHS is committed to making this a reality for the LGBT community.
What HHS is doing
The Department-wide LGBT Issues Coordinating Committee, which is comprised of senior representatives from each division of HHS, coordinates LGBT-related policies across the department and recommends future actions that HHS can take.
Each year, the Committee releases a report highlighting its accomplishments and objectives for the following 12 months. Click on the links below to read each year’s report.
- HHS LGBT Issues Coordinating Committee 2013 Report
- HHS LGBT Issues Coordinating Committee 2012 Report
- Secretary’s Recommended Actions to Improve the Health and Well-Being of LGBT Communities (2011 Report)
Learn more about what HHS has done to improve LGBT health and well-being.
LGBT and the Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides new health benefits to millions of Americans, and improves the lives of LGBT Americans in some major ways. Here’s how:
- Ensuring equal access to coverage.
- Promoting wellness by generally requiring insurers to cover preventive care at no additional cost.
- Preventing discrimination based on pre-existing health conditions.
- Eliminating lifetime limits on coverage for individuals with chronic diseases.
- Treating all families equally in gaining access to coverage.
Learn more about how the ACA is improving the health of LGBT Americans at HeathCare.gov.
- AIDS.gov—The Federal government’s portal for HIV/AIDS information and resources. The site targets those at risk for and living with HIV/AIDS, including LGBT individuals who are disproportionately impacted by the HIV epidemic.
- CDC: LGBT Health Information—Information, data and statistics, and multimedia tools on issues related to LGBT health and wellness.
- HealthyPeople.gov: 2020 Topics and Objectives for LGBT Health—The Federal Government’s benchmarks for the health, safety, and well-being of LGBT Americans.
- MedLinePlus: LGBT Health—A collection of links to information, clinical trials, and journal articles related to LGBT health issues.
- Office of Adolescent Health—Coordinates adolescent health programs and initiatives across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services related to adolescent health promotion and disease prevention.
- Office of Minority Health: Plan for Health Data Collection on LGBT Populations—Information on HHS’ plan to integrate questions on sexual orientation and gender identity into national data collection efforts in order to better identify health issues and reduce health disparities among LGBT populations.
- SAMHSA: LGBT-Focused Efforts—A list of behavioral health resources targeting LGBT populations and those who work with them.
- StopBullying.gov: Bullying and LGBT Youth—Tips and strategies for preventing and addressing bullying of LGBT youth.
- March 2014 LGBT Health Awareness Week Statement by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
- June 2013 LGBT Pride Month Statement by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
- HHS.gov/HealthCare Blog: Making health care coverage more accessible and equitable for same-sex couples
- White House Blog: How Obamacare Helps the LGBT Community
- HHS announces first guidance implementing Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act
- Obamacare and LGBT Health, an AIDS.gov Blog post by Secretary Sebelius cross-posted from The Huffington Post
Content last reviewed on March 27, 2014