"The lack of culturally competent providers is a significant barrier to quality health care for many LGBT people, particularly those who identify as transgender," reads the HHS statement.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, says her department is taking action to better address the health care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, by encouraging, among other things, health profession training programs to "include LGBT cultural competency curricula."
That's her top priority. Old people can die, go without needed hip transplants or other necessary medical treatments. Medications for breast cancer and other illnesses are no longer covered. Under Obamacare treatments will be cut or unavailable for many. Patients will be lucky to even see a physician and most likely will be treated by nurse practitioners with very little training and experience.
But don't let the LGBT community go without having medical professionals trained in cultural competency curricula before treating their diseases.
As of April 2011, approximately 3.5% of American adults identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, while 0.3% are transgender—approximately 11.7 million Americans. (WikiPedia)
From CNS News:
... the HHS statement. "HHS's Health Resources and Services Administration will also convene professional groups that represent LGBT health providers and students to identify challenges and opportunities for training LGBT providers and to isolate strategies geared toward increasing culturally competent care for LGBT patients"
In addition, the HHS lists summarized actions taken on behalf of the LGBT community, such as forming an internal LGBT Coordinating Committee, the inclusion of LGBT people in implementing the Affordable Care Act and ongoing anti-bullying efforts.
HHS also says it will work with “LGBT community advocates” to implement its “Future Recommended Actions.” (continue reading)
Yes, as Nancy Pelosi said "we have to pass the bill so we will know what's in it". Now you know.