Welcome to Lavender Health!

Interested in participating in a research study?

The purpose of this study is to collect information about LGBT people’s confidence in dealing with healthcare providers and skills accessing health information. The first page of the survey describes the study in more detail, but it takes 15-20 minutes to complete and you can enter to win a $25 gift card.


About Lavender Health

This web site and blog is a developing resource led by professional nurses for consumers, educators, and health care providers. We will post featured videos here!  If you have recommendations, please let us know using our contact form!  Also visit the archive of our featured videos

The U.S. HealthCare.gov open enrollment period is over for 2014, but you should know about options now open!

LGBTQ people and families still need coverage, and you may qualify for a special enrollment period. To qualify for a special enrollment period, one of the following must apply to you:

  • You have a qualifying life event like getting married, having a baby, moving to a new area, or losing other health coverage.
  • You have a complex situation related to applying for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Learn more about these special circumstances.

Learn more about both ways to qualify for a special enrollment period.

There are a number of LGBT-specific resources available related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).   Here are two web site to learn more:

Where to Start, What to Ask: A Guide for LGBT People Choosing Health Care Plans is published by “Strong Families” and a host of LGBT partner groups. This guide provides information to help :

  • Evaluate your healthcare needs,
  • Navigate new insurance options and
  • Choose the best plan based on needs of LGBT families.

Out2Enroll is another resource specifically for LGBT individuals and families, offering guidance and assistance to get medical insurance coverage.  Here is their infographic showing why this is, indeed, a major LGBT issue!


Featured Video

“To treat me you have to know who I am”

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

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