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Study spotlights gaps in access to health care among state’s LGBT community

Dr. Susan Babey, co-director of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health's UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, itself led by Dr. Ninez Ponce, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, addresses barriers to health care access by California's LGBT community

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults in California face significant barriers in accessing health care, despite having similar or better rates of health-insurance coverage than heterosexual or cisgender adults, a new UCLA report shows.

These barriers include a lack of timely access to needed care, not having a usual source of care, having trouble finding providers and experiencing unfair treatment, according to researchers from UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research and the Williams Institute in the UCLA School of Law.

Using data from the center’s California Health Interview Survey from 2015 to 2020, the researchers tracked health care access and insurance coverage by sexual orientation and gender identity.

by Elaiza Torralba