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Ashe McGovern

2013, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Ashe McGovern

Ashe McGovern

City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Gay/Lesbian Rights
Sponsors: Getnick & Getnick LLP

The Project

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.

The Inspiration

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.