Dear US Senate: protect health care!

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Equality Ohio and 60+ other LGBTQ organizations submitted a letter to the United States Senate expressing opposition to the American Health Care Act.

Dear Senator:
On behalf of the undersigned organizations representing millions of people who support equality
for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people nationwide, we write to
express our opposition to the American Health Care Act, and its underlying provisions to repeal
and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We are deeply concerned about the negative
impact that the American Health Care Act would have on many vulnerable and marginalized
communities—including the LGBTQ community—that already face systemic discrimination and
healthcare disparities.

The ACA has served as a lifeline for millions of LGBTQ people who too often have found
themselves cut off from critical healthcare services. Prior to implementation of the ACA, LGBTQ
people had some of the lowest insured rates of any population in the country. The individual
market reforms, including the ban on preexisting condition exclusions, have made it possible for
many in our community to obtain health insurance for the first time in their lives. For many
people living with HIV, as one example, this particular reform has made insurance affordable
and treatment accessible. The Medicaid expansion has helped to improve coverage rates
among low-income LGB people by eight percent. In addition, tens of thousands of people living
with HIV have qualified for care under the Medicaid expansion, gaining access to life-saving
treatments before becoming disabled by the virus. As a result, people living with HIV are able to
have healthier and longer lives.

Read the full letter here.