LGBTQ Health Policy

Policy Tracker: Youth Access to Gender Affirming Care and State Policy Restrictions

As state laws and policies restricting youth access to gender-affirming care proliferate, KFF’s new tracker assesses this landscape, describing the content of laws and policy, identifying groups of people (in addition to young people) who are impacted (e.g., providers, parents, and educators), the types of penalties providers face, the basis and status of legal challenges, and other key information.

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LGBT Adults’ Experiences with Discrimination and Health Care Disparities: Findings from the KFF Survey of Racism, Discrimination, and Health

This analysis, based on KFF’s 2023 Survey on Racism, Discrimination and Health, focuses on LGBT adults’ experiences with discrimination in their daily lives and in health care settings in addition to experiences with severe mental health crises, homelessness, well-being and stress, and experiences accessing mental health care. It also looks at the relationship between experiences with discrimination and adverse mental health outcomes, and, conversely, the importance of strong, local support networks in mitigating some of these outcomes.

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The Proliferation of State Actions Limiting Youth Access to Gender Affirming Care

Over the past 18 months, there has been a rapid increase in the number of states that have enacted laws and other policies that prohibit or restrict minor access to gender affirming care.

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Utilization of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline’s LGBTQ Service

This analysis examines performance metrics to assess use of 988’s LGBTQ service compared to 988’s general service usage, from December 2023 to March 2024.

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Has Marriage Equality for LGBTQ People Impacted Access to Domestic Partner Health Benefits?

In this data note, based on KFF’s 2023 Employer Health Benefit Survey, we assess the current status of domestic partner health insurance benefit offerings for same-sex spouses.

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Trans People in the U.S.: Identities, Demographics, and Wellbeing

The recently released KFF/Washington Post Trans Survey is the most in-depth, representative survey of transgender adults living in the United States. Building on that report, and using the survey data, this analysis provides the most comprehensive representative profile of trans Americans ever complied, while also offering insights on their experiences in the health care system.

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KFF/The Washington Post Trans Survey

The KFF/Washington Post Trans survey is the most in-depth representative survey of the life experiences of transgender adults in the United States, including how trans people define themselves, their childhood experiences, their gender transitions, and the hostility and discrimination they face.

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Mental Health Care Needs and Experiences Among LGBT+ People

In this report, we examine LGBT+ people’s needs for and experiences accessing mental health care by analyzing data from a nationally representative 2022 KFF survey with a large sample of LGBT+ adults.

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Youth Access to Gender Affirming Care: The Federal and State Policy Landscape

This brief explores the current state and federal policy landscape regarding gender affirming services for youth and the implications of restrictive state laws.

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Mpox One Year Later: Where is the U.S. today?

This brief provides an overview of the impact of mpox in the United States one year after a case of was identified in the United States and the federal response to date, and discusses the future outlook.

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Half of All U.S. States Limit or Prohibit Youth Access to Gender Affirming Care

As of May 21, 2024, our tracking shows that half of all U.S. states have enacted a law that prohibits or limits youth access to gender affirming care. This issue brief explores the milestone and the progression in lawmaking across the country.

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