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It is important that the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LBGT) people are recognized and protected in state and federal programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Similarly, full inclusion of LGBT people in health care systems requires cultural sensitivity and thoughtful outreach.

To advance these goals, the Center provides articles, resources and assistance for LBGT people and those who advocate on their behalf. The materials included below contain both LBGT-specific resources and resources also of interest to the broader aging community.

Recent Articles and Updates Other Useful Articles LGBT Advocacy and Provider Organizations

Center for Medicare Advocacy Articles

For older articles, please see archive.


Useful Articles & resources from Other Sources

ADVOCATES FOR LGBT HEALTH POLICY—GUIDANCE

DISABLED LGBT

HEALTH RIGHTS

LEGAL ASSISTANCE

  • The New York Legal Assistance Group’s LGBTQ Law Project offers assistance concerning “employment, housing, public benefits, shelter access, name changes, gender marker changes, family law and life planning” (site visited June 25, 2015).
  • Wake Forest University School of Law offers resources and links for same-sex married and unmarried couples (site visited June 22, 2015)

LONG-TERM CARE

Medicare Advantage Coverage of SNF Services for Same-Sex Married Couples (site visited June 22, 2015). – In accordance with the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor, Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations must cover services in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) in which a validly married same sex spouse resides to the extent that they would be required to cover the services if an opposite sex spouse resided in the SNF.

LOW-INCOME LGBT

  • An edition of Clearinghouse Review from 2010 which includes a discussion concerning the needs of low-income LBGT law clients as well as of the LGBT community’s health, housing, and estate planning for LGBT adults, among other LGBT-related law topics.

PROVIDERS OF HEALTH CARE TO DISABLED LGBT PERSONS—GUIDANCE

PROVIDERS OF HEALTH CARE TO LGBT PERSONS—GUIDANCE

PROVIDERS OF HEALTH CARE TO TRANSGENDERED PERSONS—GUIDANCE

SUPPORT FOR LGBT

  • An interactive map of LGBT centers nationwide (site visited June 25, 2015)
  • The Trevor Project offers a 24-7 hotline where volunteers can assist at risk LGBT teens and young adults. The site also has information concerning how to connect via social networking with other LGBT teens and young adults (site visited June 25, 2015).

SUPPORT FOR TRANSGENDERED PERSONS

  • Trans Lifeline volunteers are available to respond to the crises of transgendered persons such as questions surrounding gender identity (site visited June 25, 2015).
  • Transgender Aging Network (site visited June 22, 2015)

LGBT Advocacy and Provider Organizations