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LGBT HHS Network Call
Thursday, February 4
10 am - 11 am

866-906-7447
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Join us to hear about newly introduced legislation, the possibility of asking for LGBT-specific funds in the state budget, and to share information about what your organization has coming up.
 
Upcoming Events and Opportunities
#GetCovered Before the Jan 31 Deadline!
 
The last day to sign up for health insurance and pick your plan is January 31st. Sign up now to avoid paying a tax penalty for not having health insurance.  Don't risk missing your chance to protect your own and your family's health and financial security-enroll in health coverage today.
 
Getting covered is easy: Just visit CoveredCA.com to learn more about your options and to get your questions answered. Free, in-person help is also available from enrollment professionals who can walk you through the application process-visit Out2Enroll.org/enrollment-help to find help from LGBT-friendly enrollment assisters in your local area. You can also call Gender Health Center or San Joaquin Pride Center for help enrolling over the phone.
 
Webinar: Putting the T in LGBT Health: How to Measure Gender Identity in a Large Health Survey
 
UCLA Center for Health Policy Research held a seminar on Jan 26 with Matt Jans, CHIS survey methodologist, discussing the cutting-edge work that CHIS has done with UCLA's Williams Institute  to establish feasible ways to accurately measure gender identity. Jans presented  results of an experimental test of gender identity questions and discussed their implications for gender identity measurement in surveys more broadly. The experiment has informed the current CHIS practice of asking gender identity of adults interviewed in the 2015-2016 CHIS cycle. Implications for collecting public health data among transgender people were also discussed. 

You can watch the recording of the webinar here
 
Supreme Court to Hear DAPA/DACA Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will hear Texas v. United States, the lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of expanded DACA and DAPA.

These programs would allow millions of undocumented individuals to remain in the United States without fear of deportation and to apply for a temporary work permit. Because of the litigation, DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) and expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) have been on hold since they were announced in Nov 2014. Now that SCOTUS has decided to hear the case, DAPA and expanded DACA could become available later this year.

Read more about this from New American Media and Equality California.
 
Report: Marketplace Plans with Lowest Premiums Are Often Not the Most Cost-Effective Option for People with HIV 
 
For people with HIV, health plans with the lowest premiums often aren't the most cost-effective. A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis shows that people with HIV can find lower cost plans by conducting a more comprehensive cost assessment that includes factors such as deductibles, drug costs, and out-of-pocket maximums.

The analysis explores 300 possible enrollment scenarios for five plans in five states, including California. It provides estimates of the costs HIV positive consumers might expect to face when enrolling in a Marketplace plan. Among the options assessed, it finds that an HIV positive enrollee could save, on average, about $4,000 by taking into account a fuller range of costs. 

For enrollees with incomes low enough to qualify for the most generous cost-sharing subsidies, silver plans provided the lowest expected costs, but for enrollees with higher incomes, the metal level plan providing the lowest cost was highly variable across markets.

In addition, the analysis finds those with the lowest incomes paid a greater share of their income toward health care than did those with the highest income and highlighted the important role the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program plays in moderating costs for consumers.
 
Anti-Trans Measure Failed to Qualify for the Ballot
 
In December, supporters of a proposed anti-transgender ballot initiative announced that they have failed to submit the signatures necessary to qualify it for the November, 2016 ballot. The measure would have prohibited transgender people from using facilities in government buildings and requiring the government to monitor bathroom use.

To educate California voters about their transgender neighbors and to forestall similar, future efforts to target them at the ballot box, Equality California and the Transgender Law Center are leading a separate statewide public education campaign to combat widespread public misunderstanding about transgender and gender nonconforming people and the issues they face. 
 
Upcoming Network Meetings:
Network calls are scheduled for the first Thursday of every month, from
10:00 -  11:00 am
February 4, 2016
March 3, 2016
April 7, 2016
Contact Us: 
Kate Burch, Network Director
kburch@health-access.org     
510-873-8787 x106
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