Projected estimates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queering (LGBTQ) populations the United States reach 4-8 million older adults by 2030 (Fredriksen- Goldsen, Kim, Shiu, Goldsen, J. &; Emlet, 2015). Healthy People 2020 created goals “to improve the health, safety, and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals,” (US Health and Human Services. Healthy People 2020). Not all political agendas point to resolutions favorable for this population. Provisions under the Affordable Care Act once considered status quo protections for the LGBTQ society are now threatened as law makers are rolling back healthcare mandates, giving members of the LGBTQ community exposure to potential exacerbations of prejudice, discrimination, and stigmatizations previously seen as historical violations of human rights. The purpose of the presentation is to identify how current healthcare policies have created legal windows of opportunity for persons to discriminate and create juxtaposition with goals and objectives of Healthy People 2020, promoting barriers in the health care continuum for LGBTQ aging adults.
After completing this learning activity, the participant will be able to assess innovations being used by other professionals in the specialty and evaluate the potential of implementing the improvements into practice.