The focus of this paper is to shed light to the fact that there are health disparities within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* (LGBT) population. When a couple is granted the right to marry, it becomes possible for health insurance companies to recognize that. As a result, all family members are covered by whoever’s employer offers the best plan. Married couples and families are then able to access health care when needed. Whereas heterosexual couples who are married and have families are able to be on one joint health insurance plan, LGBT couples do not have the same luxury. Until recently, many states within the United States did not allow homosexual/LGBT couples to get married. Due to the fact that LGBT couples have not been recognized …show more content…
According to a study done by University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) professors Julia Heck, Randall Sell, and Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin (2006), women in same-sex relationships were significantly less likely than women in opposite-sex relationships to have health insurance coverage, to have seen a medical provider in the past 12 months, and to have a primary physician. Additionally, researchers found that women and men in same-sex relationships were more likely to report unmet medical needs as opposed to those in heterosexual relationships (Buchmueller & Carpenter, 2010). Although the reasoning for lack of health insurance coverage and unmet medical needs could vary depending on the individual and on the same-sex couple, there seems to be an overlying cause for the …show more content…
Notably, the “T” in LGBT stands for transgender, which includes those who do not conform to the traditional ideals of their ‘gender’ or birth sex (Ard & Makadon, 2012). In some cases, these individuals may decide to go through hormonal therapy or surgery to alter their gender identity. Due to the fact that the transgender population in the US is known to only be 0.3%, many are uneducated about the medical needs of these individuals, including physicians (Ard & Makadon, 2012). Moreover, a policy to diminish LGBT care disparities should also educate people (especially physicians) in understanding the cultural context of their patients’ lives (LGBT individuals) in order for all people to attain the best possible
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Case Analysis: Gay-For-Pay Introduction This case takes place in Wichita, Kansas, a midsize city in the Midwest. Located in Wichita is the Wichita Center for Families (WCF), an agency that provides a variety of services for at-risk families and youths. Alicia Hall is a 25-year-old MSW student from Wichita State University, currently interning within the "youth-at-risk outreach unit" at WCF. Alicia has 2 years of bachelor level case management experience with adults with mental illness and has a passion for the LGBT community.
This situation was some time in coming, as events in recent years amplified the role of the federal government in the matter. Perhaps the most striking example of how that role has been carried out is the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) legislation of 1996. In 1993 the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that it saw no constitutional basis for denying same-sex marriage; this created huge shock waves both in Hawaii and through the United States and the federal response was the creation of DOMA. The Constitution’s Full Faith and Credit Clause affirms that states are obligated to honor one another’s marriage licenses, as when age differences exist in different states. DOMA, very much a Republican administration reaction, reversed this and no state was
Although marriage and civil unions should be recognized under the Full Faith and Credit Clause it was not because this clause was primarily used for judicial rulings and was not thought to apply to marriages or civil union licenses. This deals with the recognition of same sex marriages in states, it also deals with the relationship between states. At the time some states such as New York recognized same-sex civil marriages but whether these unions were recognized in other states was an entirely different story. This went on for a while until it was determined that DOMA was not only discriminatory but also went against the Full Faith and Credit
Moreover, homophobia can also contribute to the spread of HIV. LGBT individuals may face social and economic exclusion, leading to increased risk-taking behaviors, such as sharing needles, feeling accepted, or coping with discrimination. It is crucial to address homophobia and HIV as interconnected issues to ensure that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, has access to quality healthcare and support services. This resolution includes implementing policies that protect LGBT individuals from discrimination, increasing education and awareness about HIV prevention and treatment, and providing access to affordable and effective HIV testing and treatment options.
Integrated healthcare is key to eliminating mental and physical health disparities by addressing the needs of people based on their differences in their race, socio-economic status, and culture. An integrated healthcare organization is competent of responding to a community with challenges of long standing health disparities. Healthcare professionals in an integrated system are cross-trained in both physical and behavioral health to handle the challenges of mental and physical health disparities. It improves the quality of care of the population by lowering costs, enhancing patient access, and improving the life of both individuals and families. The con of addressing the long standing health disparity is managing the care of patients and
Canadians take pride in their health care system; however, most Canadians are unaware of the disparities that exist for transgender persons within health care. Being ridiculed, denied care, or treated unjustly because of a self-identification as transgender goes against the core values of the nursing profession (Canadian Nurses Association, 2009); despite this, ten percent of transgender participants in the Ontario Trans PULSE survey reported that they had experienced these demonstrations of prejudice when accessing emergency room services. This statistic may be lower than the reality due to transgender persons frequently avoiding the health care system (Bauer & Scheim, 2015). According to the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Code of Ethics (2009) nursing staff are expected to provide, “safe, compassionate, competent, and ethical care” (p. 3); however, due to lack of policies and lack of education nursing staff and physicians are detrimentally adding to the stressors of transgender life.
Health Care in the US is arguably available to all who seek it but not everybody has had the same experience and treatment when walking through the doors of a healthcare facility. In many cases, people are discriminated against due to their gender, race/ethnicity, age, and income and are often provided with minimal service. Differences between groups in health coverage, access to care, and quality of care is majorly affected through these disparities. Income is a major factor and can cause groups of people to experience higher burden of illness, injury, disability, or mortality relative to another group.
Health care disparity according to U.S National Library of Medicine (2017) “typically refers to differences between groups in health insurance coverage, access to and use of care, and quality of care”. The purpose of this research was to identify the different factors that prevent San Bernardino County residents from accessing quality healthcare and identify specific groups affected. Our research has concluded , social economics status, gender, race and ethnicity to be major factors in San Bernardino County that have created these healthcare disparities. According to the Kaiser Permanente Community Health Needs Assessment San Bernardino County (CHNA 2013 ) the impact of economic instability, unemployment, homelessness and transportation,
The federal judge in San Antonio, Texas, “ruled that Texas ' ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution and demeans the dignity of gay couples "for no legitimate reason." Judge Orlando Garcia then granted two plaintiff couples ' request for an injunction barring the state from enforcing the ban.” (Keen 1) One of the couples sought to be married in Texas while the other couple had already been married in Massachusetts, but desired to be recognized by the state of Texas. In Garcia’s ruling, he states that, “the Texas bans violate the guarantees of due process and equal protection of the U.S. Constitution.”
Expanding accessibility to affordable healthcare insurance is one way in which our country can begin to increase healthcare that is patient and family centered. One reason for existing disparities are the expenses associated with seeking healthcare. For some people, while the actual monthly payments of their health insurance is affordable, patients still face high deductibles or high out of pocket maximums. By making health insurance attainable for the majority of Americans, this alone is only the first step toward reducing some of the existing health disparities. Money alone is a factor that can deter people from seeking preventive treatment and screenings.
Is it unsettling that there is no uniformity of laws regarding gay marriage across the United States? Some states allow gay marriage, some allow civil unions, and some states allow no form of homosexual domestic partnerships, at least not ones recognized formally. What does that mean for homosexual Americans? Does the pending repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy make students feel more optimistic about rights for gay people in America?
Recently, gay marriage was legalized in all 50 states. Most Americans accept it; as America is becoming more open and tolerant of same-sex marriage. They believe that everyone should be able to love and be with whoever they want. On the other hand there are many who wholeheartedly disagree and believe that marriage is exclusively shared between a man and a woman. A county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky with this belief refused to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple.
Summary of Findings This project discusses key health disparities that exist between Blacks and Whites in the United States Health Care System. This analysis also discusses the historical origins of the health disparities that exist between Blacks and Whites in the U.S. Health care system. This analysis describes the complex social, political and health factors of health disparities between Black and Whites. This describes the steps individuals can take to combat racism and decrease health disparities among African Americans and whites.
The Supreme Court kept referring back to the Loving v. Virginia case because both cases had the same principles which were equality and not having the right to marriage. According to the Supreme Court “These new insights have strengthened, not weakened, the institution of marriage.” Also “Under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, no State shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” These liberties include certain personal choices which include intimate choices. Marriage is coming together for better or for worse and same sex couples should have the same right as
This paper focuses on the Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges (2015). This paper will give an overview of the case, the major arguments made by the plaitiffs and the defendents, as well as how the case has affected other rulings. This case has answered many legal questions and will shape any future cases that deal with gay marriage, possibly even equal rights. Deatiled CH: James Obergefell and John Arthur was a same-sex couple and was married on July 11, 2013 on a medical transport plan on the tarmac at the airport in Baltimore, Maryland due to Arthur being unable to move (3,2) .