LGBTQ+ Health Coverage Improved Since ACA Expansion, Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

The percentage of LGBTQ+ adults with health care coverage increased from 76% in 2013 to 91% in 2019, due to the Affordable Care Act and the 2015 Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage equality, according to a new Health Affairs study.

An analysis of Health Reform Monitoring Survey data showed that, historically, LGBTQ+ adults were less likely to access health care coverage. Yet the disparities between LGBTQ+ and non-LGBTQ+ adults began to decline in 2014 when the main coverage provisions of ACA went into effect. By 2019, coverage rates for LGBTQ+ people (91.2%) were comparable to those of non-LGBTQ+ adults (90.6%).

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Jinghong Chen

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Jinghong produces infographics and data stories on health insurance and specialty pharmacy for AIS Health. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting. Before joining AIS in 2018, she worked at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese.

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