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LGBTQ Healthcare Reform. Opportunities for Engagement. Objective. Start the discussion 2. Identify opportunities for advocacy 3. Encourage LGBTQ people to get involved!. Background and Mission. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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LGBTQ Healthcare Reform

Opportunities for EngagementObjectiveStart the discussion2. Identify opportunities for advocacy3. Encourage LGBTQ people to get involved!Background and MissionTo advance the health and wellness of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer communities through research, education and advocacy.Rainbow Health Initiative advances health equity for all LGBTQ people by: Deliver essential resources to improve community health. Expand access and availability to culturally competent care. Improve the health of the LGBTQ community. Ensure that LGBTQ health is part of the public dialogue.

Impact GoalsHealthcare Reform Task Force

Who:CommissionersLegislatorsPrivate Sector RepresentativesCharged with developing strategies that:

Improve access to health care for all Minnesotans

- Lower health care costs by reforming how we pay for health care and changing the incentives, so we encourage preventative care and reward healthy outcomes, not sickness.

- Improve the health of all Minnesotans and address the huge health disparities that plague our state. http://mn.gov/health-reform

Roadmap to a Healthier MinnesotaDraft Document

Recommendations of the MN Health Reform Task Force

to Governor Dayton

Opportunities and ChallengesDRAFT

Open for comment

Meetings are open to the public

History

Controversial

Lack of federal mandateThere is no shortage of places to work with! Endless possibilities7What we can do!Provide Public Comment in 3 Easy Steps:

Step One: You dont need to understand every inch of healthcare reform to have a valid opinion of how our systems should be inclusive of all people. Step Two: Look at the Roadmap (or skim it). It is very large (37 pages)

Step Three: By December 10th, 2012 let the task force know what you think about the fact that their recommendations leave out the LGBTQ population in MN.

Read the RoadmapStep Two: Look at the Roadmap (or skim it). It is very large (37 pages)

Find the document here:http://mn.gov/health-reform/images/TaskForce-2012-11-29-DraftRoadmap.pdf

Please see page 29-Strategy Element #22 Implement best practices for collection and reporting of data by healthcare providers and payers on detailed categories of race, ethnicity, and language linked to health disparities.

If we are not counted, we do not exist!We need to ensure that sexual orientation and gender identity are added as detailed categories. Not doing so perpetuates the HEALTH DISPARITIES experienced by people due to their orientation and identity. LGBTQ people will continue to experience significant health disparities until we fix this system of exclusion!9Why Focus on Data Collection?

If you dont ask you dont know

If we are not counted we do not exist

Health disparities, documentation, improvement

Funding, resources, research, programming

Ultimate goal of health equity for all communities!

There is no shortage of places to work with! Endless possibilities10

Deadline is December 10th,2012

Comment By:

Writing a letter, emailing and using social media

Providing Public CommentStep Three: let the task force know what you think about the fact that their recommendations leave out the LGBTQ population in MN.

Take Action: Ensure LGBTQ InclusionEmail: Healthreform.MN@state.mn.us

A comment in the body of the emailAttach a letter to the task force

More Ways To Get Involved: A good ol fashon organizingMake a phone callHave a one on one

There is no shortage of places to work with! Endless possibilities12Take Action: Continued@GovMarkDayton prioritize health equity in MN Healthcare reform @rainbowhealth #LGBTinclusion

@GovMarkDayton Minneapolis ranks 4th in the nation for LGB population MN Healthcare reform needs to include this population! @rainbowhealth #LGBTinclusion

Also make sure to follow us! @rainbowhealth There is no shortage of places to work with! Endless possibilities13Take Action: ContinuedUpdate your status about the Roadmap or anything you learned today

Share Rainbow Health Posts about reform

Ask ONE friend to do the same

There is no shortage of places to work with! Endless possibilities14Thank you!

Contact Us:Ani KochDirector of Programs ani.koch@rainbowhealth.org612-206-3180

A new website coming soon! www.rainbowhealth.org