Name of Host Organization: The LGBT Project at New York Legal Assistance Group
City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Gay/Lesbian Rights
Sponsors: Getnick & Getnick LLP
Ashe helped low-income aging lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans¬gender, and questioning (LGBTQ) people in New York City who need access to public benefits and comprehensive health care with a three-pronged approach of outreach and education, policy advocacy, and direct legal services.
Need Addressed By Project
Poverty, homelessness, and discrimination—real and perceived—can seem like insurmountable barriers for older LGBTQ people seeking public benefits and health care. LGBTQ elders have systematically underutilized the important public benefits and health care services that they may need as they age. Approximately 65,000 LGBTQ elders reside in the New York metropolitan area. With the expansion of Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act and the corresponding bans on LGBTQ discrimination in health care, there is an increased need for information and guidance to help LGBTQ elders, as well as legal and social service providers, navigate the system.