The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) was enacted to ensure affordable and comprehensive healthcare to all Americans. In 2011, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS), remarked that the ACA probably is the strongest foundation this nation has ever made in closing LGBT health disparities. The ACA definitely has had and will continue to have a significant impact on all minority groups once negatively impacted by the difficulty of accessing quality healthcare and comprehensive health insurance coverage.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) baby boomers are the largest population of elders who have been and will be openly gay as they age. LGBT elders face barriers affecting their financial and healthcare stability unlike any other group of elders, and the ACA’s impact on this group is of great importance.