Study: Freedom to marry bans lead to lack of health insurance

Posted by Celeste Lavin on

“'Partnered lesbians and gay men are more than twice as likely to be uninsured as married heterosexuals,' according to a new study of Californians by Lambda Legal and the Department of Health Services at UCLA.

"Partnered lesbians are 28 percent as likely as married heterosexual couples to receive healthcare coverage for a partner through an employer; partnered gay men are 42 percent as likely, the study, which is published in Health Affairs, says. 

"The research shows that the exclusion of same-sex couples from civil marriages and the lack of insurance equity in domestic partnerships 'contribute to unequal access to health coverage, with the probable result that more health spending is pushed onto these individuals and onto the public.'”

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