Count me as one of these New Yorkers anxious to see what my options are under an insurance exchange. I have coverage now from my job, but it’s inevitable (if I stay alive) that I’ll need private insurance before Medicare kicks in ten years from now.
Syracuse, N.Y. — A statewide coalition of consumer advocacy groups has launched a campaign to reach the estimated 25 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) New Yorkers who have no health insurance.
The campaign by Health Care for All New York is letting LGBT people know about new, more affordable health insurance options that will soon be available through the New York Health Benefit Exchange.
“For LGBT New Yorkers, those benefits cannot come soon enough,” David Sandman, senior vice president of the New York State Health Foundation, said in a prepared statement. He said numerous studies have found LGBT people are uninsured and experience health disparities at disproportionately high rates.
The new coverage options are expected to benefit an estimated 230,000 uninsured LGBT people statewide.