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Medicare eligibility and changes in coverage, access to care, and health by sexual orientation and gender identity

JAMA Health Forum

Peer-Reviewed Publication

JAMA Network

About The Study: The findings of this cross-sectional study indicate that Medicare eligibility was not associated with consistently greater improvements in health insurance coverage and access to care among LGBTQI+ individuals compared with heterosexual and/or cisgender individuals. However, among sexual minority individuals, Medicare may be associated with closing gaps in self-reported health status, and among states with the highest disparities, it may improve health insurance coverage, access to care, and self-reported health status. 

Corresponding Author: To contact the corresponding author, Kyle A. Gavulic, B.A., email

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