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Milestone Reached with Introduction of LGBT Health Disparities Legislation
On June 23, Representatives Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), along with several original co-sponsors, introduced H.R. 3001, the Ending Health Disparities for LGBT Americans Act (EHDLA), the first-ever comprehensive legislation addressing health disparities experienced by sexual and gender minorities in the United States. PI-GRO, in close collaboration with APA's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Office and a number of coalitions, including the National Coalition for LGBT Health, was actively engaged in the drafting process of this important bill, which contains APA's key LGBT health priorities Among its many critical provisions, EHDLA:
- Lays out plans for additional research and data collection on the health and the health disparities experienced by LGBT individuals and their families;
- Provides a comprehensive approach to eliminating the barriers to health care access for all sexual and gender minorities; and
- Includes new infrastructure support for LGBT health services, including a new office of LGBT Health within in the Department of Health and Human Services.
PI-GRO, in conjunction with a range of organizations and advocacy groups, continues to press for the inclusion of provisions from H.R. 3001 in HCR efforts