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CMS Celebrates Pride Month, Releases Resources to Address Barriers and Disparities Experienced by LGBTQI+ Community

In observance of Pride Month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released resources that address the unique health care challenges faced by members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQI+) community. Barriers to accessing care and social determinants of health, including stigma and discrimination, influence health outcomes among LGBTQI+ individuals.

CMS notes that many LGBTQI+ individuals are reluctant to seek health care or disclose their sexual orientation to health care providers because they fear bias or disclosure of their personal information. During Pride Month, CMS is disseminating resources that highlight how providers can help address these barriers and disparities impacting the LGBTQI+ community, including the following: 

More information is available here.

Contact: Karen Lipson, klipson@leadingageny.org