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Task Force at forefront of LGBT aging issues

June 7, 2010

We continue to be at the forefront of LGBT aging issues as we work to ensure the needs of LGBT elders are not ignored.

On June 8, the Task Force and leading aging organizations are co-sponsoring a “tele-town hall meeting” on the Affordable Care Act with President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the Holiday Park Multipurpose Senior Center in Wheaton, Md. The Affordable Care Act will help close a gap in seniors’ prescription drug coverage known as the donut hole.

Here’s what Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey had to say about the measure:

This is a critical benefit for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults, who often fall into the donut hole in their health care needs. This is especially true for our seniors living with HIV. The Affordable Care Act provides, for the first time, coverage for HIV-specific medications. This is vital because the expense of these medications can force many seniors into difficult financial decisions affecting a prolonged quality of life.

This is an important step toward addressing this problem, and we look forward to the continuing promise of the Affordable Care Act in ending such wrenching and life-threatening decisions.

Check back again for additional coverage from the June 8 town hall.

The Task Force also recently released Our Maturing Movement: State-by-State LGBT Aging Policy and Recommendations, which provides a comprehensive analysis of each state’s anti-discrimination laws both related to LGBT people and to aging and outlines ways in which those policies could be changed to improve the lives of LGBT elders.

You can also check out Outing Age 2010:  Public Policy Issues Affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Elders, an update to the groundbreaking Outing Age report we issued in 2000. Like its predecessor, Outing Age 2010 presents an in-depth look at public policy issues and challenges facing millions of aging LGBT people in the United States.

And, Laurie Young, Ph.D., the Task Force’s interim director of public policy and government affairs, moderated the first-ever congressional briefing on LGBT aging on April 22. Watch her comments in the video right below, as well remarks from other specialists on LGBT aging from SAGE, NCTE and the Howard Brown Center.

Laurie ended her comments by saying the Task Force continues to advocate vigorously for the rights of LGBT elders, and press for an end to the pervasive inequities they face.

Learn more about the Task Force’s longtime work on LGBT aging issues right here.

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