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Lori Gum grew up in Westerville, Ohio and studied Film Production at New York University. She lived in New York City and Los Angeles for 30 years and worked as a screenwriter, event coordinator, construction engineer and LGBTQ activist. Lori returned to Columbus and became the Stonewall Columbus Program Coordinator and Pride Festival Coordinator in 2011 and was responsible for procuring the grants/funding necessary for many Stonewall Columbus support services. Lori has supervised the development and implementation at all levels of these programs which include; The Trailblazers (50+ LGBTQ seniors), LGBTQ Veterans Program, LGBTQ Refugee Program, Transgender Support Programs, LGBT-Fest Film Festival, Stonewall Speakers Bureau, Stonewall’s Inside/OUT Program for LGBTQ Inmates and ACA Health Marketplace LGBTQ Enrollment, to name a few. Lori’s favorite part of her job is doing community outreach and LGBTQ cultural competency education and engaging in productive dialogue for change, understanding and tolerance.
Presentation: Ensuring Access: The Affordable Care Act and the LGBTQ Community
Time: Breakout Session 1
The Affordable Care Act has expanded access to quality, affordable health coverage to all Americans and it includes specifics benefits and protections for the LGBTQ Community. People cannot be denied coverage because of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression and can no longer be denied coverage or charged more because of a preexisting condition like HIV or cancer. Additionally, annual and lifetime caps on coverage are now prohibited, so patients can get the care they need without worrying about running into these barriers. Yet the LGBTQ community still faces higher uninsured rates and other health challenges and obstacles. This presentation will give an overview of the Affordable Care Act and how it benefits the LGBTQ community and how people can get enrolled or get involved in outreach and enrollment efforts.
1. Educate the audience on the provisions of the Affordable Care Act and implementation and enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicaid expansion.
2. Educate the audience on the specific benefits and protections for the LGBTQ community under the law and the historic Section 1557 nondiscrimination provision which specifically aims to protect the transgender community.
3. Educate the audience on how they can enrolled or get involved in outreach and enrollment efforts.