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Does the Affordable Care Act protect LGBTQ people from discrimination?

Yes. The Affordable Care Act is the first federal law to prohibit discrimination based on sex, including against LGBTQ people, in the health system. The law protects LGB and transgender, gender nonconforming, non-binary, and intersex individuals. This includes most types of health insurance coverage and most types of health care providers. Learn more here.

But we all need to pitch in to make sure that these protections are being honored. If you face discrimination at any point during the enrollment process, please let us know at If your coverage is denied, appeal with your health insurer – learn how here. If you face discrimination by an insurer or health provider, contact a legal organization here.

Read about Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act to learn more about nondiscrimination protections.


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