The White House plans to discuss an LGBT briefing with several advocates. Scheduled for September 12, they will discuss the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the LGBT community.
Signed by LGBT liaison Gautam Raghavan, an email invitation was sent to several LGBT community leaders that support President Obama.
“As you know, many members of the LGBT community face limited access to health care and insurance, and are less likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy,” the invite stated. “The Affordable Care Act directly addresses some of these needs, and the upcoming open enrollment period provides an important opportunity to get folks enrolled—and transform the health and well-being of the LGBT community for generations to come.”
At the briefing, Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to deliver a keynote address.
While the briefing stresses the importance of LGBT supporters in educating the masses of implementing the ACA with new research, there are several activities that will occur. Among them are a discussion panel in engaging LGBT health advocacy, breakout sessions in conversing local leaders and arrange regional enrollment events.
“YOU are critically important to the education and enrollment effort, and this briefing is designed to equip community leaders like you with the tools, information, and resources you need to get involved and help your local communities get access to quality, affordable health care,” the invitation stated. “We want your help! We hope you will leave this briefing and return to your community empowered and inspired to partner with us in the months and years ahead.”
According to a poll from Rasmussen, fifty-four percent of American citizens are skeptical of the ACA, also known as Obamacare.
“We’re going to keep on working to make sure many people around this country who are already paying premiums are getting cheaper prices, that the money is being actually spent on their health care, that you’re not having to worry about the fine print, and that if you don’t have health insurance, you finally are in a position to get some at an affordable price—to give you and your family the kind of security you deserve,” Obama said at a press conference.