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The effects of unequal access to health insurance for same-sex couples in California.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20576694     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Inequities in marriage laws and domestic partnership benefits may have implications for who bears the burden of health care costs. We examined a recent period in California to illuminate disparities in health insurance coverage faced by same-sex couples. Partnered gay men are less than half as likely (42 percent) as married heterosexual men to get employer-sponsored dependent coverage, and partnered lesbians have an even slimmer chance (28 percent) of getting dependent coverage compared to married heterosexual women. As a result of these much lower rates of employer-provided coverage, partnered lesbians and gay men are more than twice as likely to be uninsured as married heterosexuals. The exclusion of gay men and women from civil marriage and the failure of domestic partnership benefits to provide insurance parity contribute to unequal access to health coverage, with the probable result that more health spending is pushed onto these individuals and onto the public.
Authors:
Ninez A Ponce; Susan D Cochran; Jennifer C Pizer; Vickie M Mays
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.     Date:  2010-06-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health affairs (Project Hope)     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1544-5208     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Aff (Millwood)     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-03     Completed Date:  2012-05-31     Revised Date:  2014-09-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8303128     Medline TA:  Health Aff (Millwood)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1539-48     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
California
Eligibility Determination
Female
Health Benefit Plans, Employee* / organization & administration
Healthcare Disparities*
Homosexuality, Female*
Homosexuality, Male*
Humans
Male
Marriage*
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
DA 15539/DA/NIDA NIH HHS; DA 20826/DA/NIDA NIH HHS; MD000508/MD/NIMHD NIH HHS; P60 MD000508/MD/NIMHD NIH HHS; P60 MD000508-04/MD/NIMHD NIH HHS; R01 DA015539/DA/NIDA NIH HHS; R01 DA015539-04/DA/NIDA NIH HHS; R01 DA020826/DA/NIDA NIH HHS; R01 DA020826-04/DA/NIDA NIH HHS
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