(WASHINGTON D.C.) The U.S. House of Representatives passed historic healthcare legislation in early November, holding great promise for under and uninsured Americans. Its passage represented a major victory for LGBT advocates as well, including an expansion of federal assistance to low-income people living with HIV, the elimination of a tax penalty levied on employees who utilize same-sex health coverage for their spouse, a mandate to address health care disparities specific to sexual orientation and gender identity, and the prohibition of discrimination in the delivery of health care services based on “personal characteristics.”
The Senate’s version includes none of this.
Decades in the making, these LGBT provisions are now being threatened in the final stretch of health care negotiations, with lawmakers vowing to deal with contentious provisions in private.
Please consider contacting the following lawmakers to demand they include these vital provisions in the final health care bill.
Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (202) 225-4965
Rep. Henry Waxman (202) 225-3976
Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (202) 224-3542
Sen. Christopher Dodd (202) 224-2823
Sen. Tom Harkin (202) 224-3254
Sen. Max Baucus (202) 224-2651