A Closer Look: The Senate Health Care Bill Would Be Devastating for Bisexual People
By Heron Greenesmith, Movement Advancement Project, and Laura E. Durso, Center for American Progress
On Thursday, the Center for American Progress (CAP) published an analysis of just how devastating the Senate healthcare bill would be for LGBTQ people.
Here is a closer look at the CAP findings and how the bill would impact bisexual people. Read more about the bisexual community here: Invisible Majority.
- CAP: “The ACA is still needed: 15% of LGBTQ adults still need health insurance compared to 7% of non-LGBTQ adults.”
A closer look: Among sexual minority respondents to a CAP survey, bisexual individuals have a higher level of uninsurance (19%) than gay men (6%) and lesbians (4%). CDC analysis shows that bisexual people are more likely to have failed to obtain needed medical care in the past year due to cost (16.2% of bisexual people compared to 11.7% of gay/lesbian and 7.6% of heterosexual people), making the ACA’s improvements toward increase coverage and affordability all that more important.
- CAP: “Medicaid covers at least 1.8 million LGBTQ adults, including 31% of LGBTQ adults living with a disability and 40% of LGBTQ adults with incomes under 250% of the federal poverty level.”
A closer look: Research finds that bisexual adults have a higher prevalence of disability than the LGBT community and the general population. Among men, 22% of heterosexual men, 26% of gay men, and 40% of bisexual men have a disability. Among women, 25% of heterosexual women, 36% of lesbians, and 36% of bisexual women have a disability.
- CAP: “More than one-third of LGBTQ adults have had a child. By 2026, a year of coverage under a separate rider for maternity care would cost parents an additional $17,320.”
A closer look: Two-thirds of LGB parents are bisexual: approximately 59% of bisexual women and 32% of bisexual men have had children, compared to 31% of lesbians and 16% of gay men.
- CAP: “Lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults, who are twice as likely as heterosexual adults to have substance use disorders, would pay $20,450 more for substance use treatment coverage.”
A closer look: Bisexual people have statistically higher rates of some substance use than lesbian and gay people, and straight people.
- CAP: “Lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults are significantly more likely to have major depression than heterosexual adults. Coverage for depression would cost them an extra $8,490 per year.”
A closer look: Bisexual-identified and behaviorally-bisexual people are at significantly higher risk for some mood and anxiety disorders, including depression.
The Senate health care bill will be devastating for LGBT people, and for transgender and bisexual people especially. Bisexual people make up over half of the LGB population. Save our care! Tell your Senator today to vote against the health care bill.
A note from the President of BiNetUSA:
The Senate #Trumpcare bill is a disaster for bi+ people and their families. No matter where you live, call Congress EVERY DAY at 202-224-3121 and tell them to #VoteNO. It only takes a second and can save a life #ProtectOurCare”