By Staff Reports

Survey shows gay, lesbian respondents nearly twice as likely as heterosexuals not to have health insurance

Nearly one-fourth of gay and lesbians American lack proper health insurance and gays and lesbians in general are twice as likely as heterosexuals to have no health coverage, according to poll results announced Monday, May 19, by Harris Interactive.

The nationwide survey polled 2,710 U.S. adults ages 18 and over, of whom 343 self identified as gay or lesbian. It was conducted online between April 7 and 15, by Harris Interactive in conjunction with Witeck-Combs Communications, Inc.

According to respondents, 22 percent of gay and lesbian survey respondents have no health insurance, compared to 12 percent of heterosexual adults in the survey.

Of the LGBT people who participated, 84 percent of LGBT survey participants said it was important for health insurance companies to provide domestic partner health coverage when choosing specific health care providers, and 67 percent said they would be likely to consider a health insurer if they knew that the agent selling the insurance plan was openly LGBT.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 23, 2008.
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