Post submitted by Policy Assistant Jordan Dashow
This week marks the six-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has provided essential health care for more than 20 million Americans who previously lacked health insurance.
HRC joined House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Democrats at a press conference to commemorate this historic law. At the event, Pelosi and Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), James Clyburn (D-SC) and Xavier Becerra (D-CA) highlighted the impact of the Affordable Care Act, including removing barriers for people with preexisting conditions and increasing the solvency of Medicare.
In addition to emphasizing the achievements of the ACA broadly, the press conference also highlighted the stories of everyday Americans who have been impacted by the ACA. From a single mother of four who finally gained health insurance after years of being unable to manage her diabetes to a 72-year old retired postal worker who shared that he would not be here today if it weren’t for the Affordable Care Act’s preventative services, the speakers made it clear that the ACA is working.
The ACA is working for LGBT Americans too. The Act paved the way for important new protections for and investments in the health of LGBT people, among them non-discrimination in accessing healthcare in the individual market, collection of critical LGBT health data and an end to barriers to care for people with pre-existing conditions like HIV & AIDS.
To learn more about the Affordable Care Act and other important health information for LGBT people, view HRC’s LGBT patient resources.