The Affordable Care Act and Section 1557: How It Protects LGBTQ+ People
While Section 1557 was challenged by previous administrations, it remains in place today. You should never be discriminated against in a health care setting, or when shopping for health insurance.
All people who need medical care should be able to see their doctor without worrying about being mistreated, harassed, or denied service outright. While not all 50 states have comprehensive non-discrimination policies in place, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) helps address this issue by prohibiting health care providers and insurance companies from engaging in discrimination under Section 1557 of the health care rights law.
LGBTQ+ people face disturbing rates of health care discrimination—from harassment and humiliation by providers to being turned away by hospitals, pharmacists, and doctors. This survey data from Center for American Progress shows the types of discrimination that many LGBTQ+ people face when seeking health care.
If you or someone you know is experiencing trauma due to discrimination, click here to find your local LGBTQ+ community center for support.
Hear from medical experts, community members, and political leaders who have experienced or witnessed discrimination in health care and why they support Section 1557 of the Health Care Rights Act.