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The Center to host Health & Wellness Forum ahead of Covered CA enrollment deadline

SAN DIEGO, California -- With the deadline to enroll in a 2015 health plan through Covered California just over a month away, The San Diego LGBT Community Center will present a Health & Wellness Forum on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 6 pm.

Anyone who has questions about health coverage or is still on the fence about whether or not they should sign-up is encouraged to attend. The forum will provide detailed information about Covered California health plans and enrollment, and also include a panel of community leaders and health professionals who will be able to answer questions from participants.

Panelists include:

- Joel Trambley, M.D., UCSD physician; board member of The Center’s Community Leadership Council Public Policy Committee; San Diego Human Relations Commission

- Jan Spencley, executive director of San Diegans for Healthcare Coverage

- Connor Maddocks, coordinator of Project TRANS at The Center

- Jeri Muse, board president of GSDBA; psychologist at the VA Hospital; professor at UCSD

- Terry Summers: Being Alive San Diego HIV/AIDS Services

- Debra Fitzgerald: Healthy San Diego's program manager in Health Care Policy Administration

The forum is scheduled for Jan. 15 - exactly one month before the 2015 enrollment deadline of Feb. 15.

Light refreshments will be provided. The Center is located at 3909 Centre St. in Hillcrest.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Sarah at smerkbenitez@thecentersd.org or 619-692-2077 ext. 213. Additional details are on Facebook.

Center for American Progress says LGBT people are benefiting from ACA

The National LGBT Outreach and Enrollment Week for the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, runs from Jan. 12-18.

Laura E. Durso, director of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress, urged LGBT Americans to visit Out2Enroll to learn more about enrollment and where they can find free, in-person help from trained LGBT-friendly assisters in their local area. According to recent research from CAP, the uninsured rate among low- and middle-income LGBT people — those who are potentially eligible for financial assistance to get coverage under the law — dropped almost one-quarter between 2013 and 2014, down from one in three, or 34 percent, in 2013 to one in four, or 26 percent, in 2014.

"The Affordable Care Act is already having a positive impact on the LGBT community by reducing persistent disparities in insurance coverage. CAP and Out2Enroll are proud to work with our partners at the U.S. Department of of Health and Human Services, at the White House, and in states across the country to ensure that these coverage gaps are being addressed. National LGBT Outreach and Enrollment Week is a crucial opportunity to get the word out that comprehensive, affordable insurance plans are available to LGBT consumers and their families to help them live full and healthy lives, even if their states do not yet recognize the dignity of their relationships," Durso said.