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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 against LGBTQ people in the health system. The law contains explicit protections for transgender, gender nonconforming, non-binary, and intersex individuals as well as LGB people based on sex stereotyping. 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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