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WH To Push LGBT Sign-Ups For Obama-Care

From a cheering Washington Post:

On health care, White House and others reach out to LGBT Americans

By Juliet Eilperin | December 16, 2013

As a critical deadline for signing up for insurance under President Obama’s health-care law approaches, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has emerged as a major target for the White House and outside groups.

Really? Why bother with such a small percentage of the population? The UCLA’s law school says that lesbian, bay, bisexual and transgendered people only represent 3.5% of the adult US population.

Meanwhile, Obama says he doesn’t care about the people on individual plans who are being cancelled, because they only constitute about 15% of the population.

A disproportionate number of LGBT Americans are uninsured and qualify for federal premium subsidies to help buy coverage, and the administration is intensifying its efforts to get them enrolled before the end of the year…

Oh joy! And, of course, these people are famous for being of such robust health.

The White House on Tuesday will release an infographic on the Affordable Care Act’s benefits for the LGBT community…

Infographic = cartoon. Which is what the Obama administration does best. (Remember ‘The Life Of Julia’?)

Meanwhile, several outside groups are pitching in for the LGBT outreach, including Out2Enroll, a collaboration among the Sellers Dorsey Foundation, the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the Federal Agencies Project. The group is working to educate men and women in major cities about their options for coverage and how to navigate the system. According to CAP, 900,000 members of the LGBT community could get some form of subsidized health care under the law.

What great news! A million more people could become dependent upon the government. A million more people will get money from the US taxpayer.

The group has held workshops in major cities such as Houston, New York and Philadelphia. On Thursday, for example, White House public engagement adviser Gautam Raghavan joined Joanne Grossi, a regional director for the Department of Health and Human Services, for a training session with health-care “navigators” in Philadelphia, as well as a town hall event. Both focused on the LGBT community.

Some of the pitches are decidedly less conventional. Wednesday Night Tea, a drag show in Shreveport, La., has started promoting the health-care law as part of its act. And Out2Enroll is launching a social media campaign this week that will have “naughty” elements as well as holiday cheer, according to Kellan Baker, associate director of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at CAP…

Ezra, a 35-year-old fundraising consultant [sic!]who asked to be referred to only by his first name, has been uninsured for three years. A self-described “white transmasculine gender queer,” he had been getting primary care and hormone therapy at Philadelphia’s Mazzoni Center.

After initial problems with HealthCare.gov — “It calculated my income at $96,000, and I was like, ‘I don’t think so,’ ” Ezra recalled — he found a health plan for $70 a month and dental insurance for $18 a month.

How wonderful! And we’re sure his hormone therapy is not very expensive.

Ezra still faces some challenges: The Mazzoni Center is a Tier 3 provider under his new plan, meaning that his co-pays will double there compared with when he’s uninsured. So while he is now covered if he faces a catastrophe, his hormone therapy will be more costly. He said that while he first thought, “Oh, yay, it was so easy,” he then discovered, “Nope, it’s not.” …

What an outrage! Ezra has to co-pay for his hormone treatment?! Does Obama know about that?!

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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