Access to Health Care

The Affordable Care Act gives all Americans, including LGBTQ+ Americans, improved access to health coverage.


HHS has made significant progress in protecting the rights of every American to access quality care, while recognizing that diverse populations have distinctive needs.

The HHS Office for Civil Rights announced it will interpret and enforce Section 1557 and Title IX’s prohibitions on discrimination based on sex to include discrimination on the basis of:

  • sexual orientation
  • gender identity

Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act is greatly improving access to health coverage for LGBTQ+ Americans.

  • Understand health insurance options for the LGBTQ+ community under the ACA, particularly mental health and substance use benefits and services.
  • Transgender people have important details to consider when applying for coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace®.
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