Thursday, February 25, 2010

HR 3001 is the "Ending LGBT Health Disparities Act"

While surfing today trying to find the eldercare CLASS Act, I came across HR 3001, the “Ending LGBT Health Disparities Act” introduced into the 111th Congress by Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-WI. The govtrack reference is here. The bill would expand the definition of “spouse” for Medicare purposes (phasing out the 24-month waiting period for hospital insurance benefits) and would protect veterans from any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in their access to health care.

Curiously, in 2007 HR 3001 had been the number for the earlier version of the CLASS Act, improving funding for home care for seniors.

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