The LGBTQ Community Needs (and Deserves) Good Health Insurance
We still have time to enroll for health insurance until December 15th. If you don't have any coverage for your health, the time to sign up is now! Why's it so important, you ask?
The Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems
Health isn't just about what's happening with your body in a physical sense. Many people in the LGBTQ community struggle with a lot of stress, which can have an effect on the mind. In 2013, 18% of a sample of gay and lesbian youth met the criteria for major depressive disorder. Compare that to the 8.2% national rate of youth on average. The previous year, 31% of an LGBTQ sample reported suicidal behavior at one point in their life. Getting help to deal with these things is as simple as signing up to get provided with health insurance and finding a clinic that can help you cope. You're not alone and there are plenty of people out there who would love to help you.
It Doesn't Have To Be Difficult!
If you're confused about how to enroll, or if you have questions, there's a super helpful website out there for you. Go to www.out2enroll.org to find understanding and open-minded people near you who can assist you in enrolling. The site even shows which organizations are trained to work with LGBTQ people.
Every Human Deserves Health Coverage
Everybody has the right to live a healthy and happy life. No one should have to fear not knowing when the next time they can visit their doctor for a checkup is. Whether you've come down with the flu, have a serious health issue, or if you would like to talk to a therapist, you should be able to go see a medical professional whenever you need to do so. Every one of us should be able to have good health insurance, no matter our sexuality or gender identity. Sign up today. Learn more at www.healthcare.gov.