Report: LGBTQ health care problems persist

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On June 3, LGBTQ advocacy group One Colorado released a report on LGBTQ health care in Colorado in 2018, and compared results to a similar study conducted in 2011. Among the 2018 study’s key findings: Fewer LGBTQ Coloradans are uninsured now (5 percent) than in 2011 (10 percent), though there are still significant challenges. More than 60 percent of respondents fear discrimination from health care providers, and 76 percent say costs of insurance and health care present barriers to access.

On mental health in Colorado: LGBTQ people, uniquely susceptible to mental health issues, are more likely to seek help than they were in 2011. Unfortunately, 61 percent of LGB people and 84 percent of trans people claim they could not find a mental/behavioral health provider that was adequately trained.

The study states that advocates should focus on transgender health, and on “eliminating barriers including insurance coverage and enrollment, provider education, treatment and competency.” See one-colorado.org for the full report. 

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