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Expertise: LGBT issues, health care, health disparities

Kellan Baker is a Senior Fellow with the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress. His work includes improving data collection about LGBT populations, working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on a range of LGBT health policy priorities, and advancing LGBT issues internationally.

Baker is a founding steering committee member of Out2Enroll, a nationwide initiative that conducts community education and trains enrollment assisters to help connect LGBT people and their families with their new coverage options under the Affordable Care Act. He also directs the LGBT State Exchanges Project, which partners with LGBT and consumer health advocates in numerous states to ensure that the benefits of the Affordable Care Act reach LGBT communities. The project focuses on the operation of the health insurance marketplaces, with a particular emphasis on nondiscrimination and other insurance market reforms, consumer engagement, data collection, and closing the coverage gap through Medicaid expansion in every state.

Baker is a member of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is a frequent presenter on LGBT health issues at venues that include the White House, Johns Hopkins University, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He is also an affiliated faculty member for LGBT health policy at the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health at the Fenway Institute and has consulted on LGBT health and health disparities with The Joint Commission and the Open Society Foundations, among others. Baker holds a B.A. with high honors from Swarthmore College, as well as an M.P.H. in global public health policy and an M.A. in international development from George Washington University.

Baker is currently a doctoral candidate in health services research and policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is the department’s centennial scholar. His research interests include policy approaches to addressing health disparities, the design and financing of safety net health care services, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

By Kellan Baker
The Senate Health Care Bill Would Be Devastating for LGBTQ PeopleCenter for American ProgressJuly 6, 2017
The Future of Transgender CoverageThe New England Journal of MedicineApril 5, 2017
Why Repealing the Affordable Care Act Is Bad Medicine for LGBT CommunitiesCenter for American ProgressMarch 22, 2017
For the Insurance Lobby, Old Habits Are Hard to BreakCenter for American ProgressFebruary 15, 2017
The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on LGBTQ Youth Experiencing HomelessnessCenter for American ProgressAugust 31, 2016
The Medicaid Program and LGBT Communities: Overview and Policy RecommendationsCenter for American ProgressAugust 9, 2016
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data Collection in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance SystemCenter for American ProgressMarch 29, 2016
How to Collect Data About LGBT CommunitiesCenter for American ProgressMarch 15, 2016
In Pursuit of Equal HealthU.S. News & World ReportSeptember 17, 2015
Filling in the Map: The Need for LGBT Data CollectionCenter for American ProgressSeptember 16, 2015
Open Doors for AllCenter for American ProgressApril 30, 2015
Expand LGBT Health Insurance to Improve U.S. HIV/AIDS Prevention and CareTheBody.comJanuary 10, 2015
Moving the NeedleCenter for American ProgressNovember 17, 2014
Do Ask, Do Tell: High Levels of Acceptability by Patients of Routine Collection of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data in Four Diverse American Community Health CentersPLOS ONESeptember 29, 2014
Best Practices for Asking Questions to Identify Transgender and Other Gender Minority Respondents on Population-Based SurveysThe Williams InstituteSeptember 29, 2014
Affordable Care Act Outreach: Targeted Communication Strategies for LGBT CommunitiesCenter for American ProgressNovember 22, 2013
LGBT Communities and the Affordable Care ActCenter for American ProgressOctober 10, 2013
Infographic: How New Coverage Options Affect LGBT CommunitiesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 12, 2013
Connecting with Coverage: 4 Things LGBT People Need to Know About the Health Insurance MarketplacesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 12, 2013
Obamacare and the LGBT CommunityCenter for American ProgressJune 6, 2013
How the Affordable Care Act Helps the LGBT CommunityCenter for American ProgressMay 30, 2013
The Affordable Care Act and LGBT Families: Everything You Need to KnowCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2013
Why Gender-Identity Nondiscrimination in Insurance Makes SenseCenter for American ProgressMay 2, 2013
How the Affordable Care Act Can Help Same-Sex CouplesCenter for American ProgressApril 26, 2013
Addressing Gay and Transgender and HIV/AIDS Issues in Health Care ReformCenter for American ProgressMarch 22, 2013
Despite 20 Years of Progress, Family and Medical Leave Act Fails to Protect Gay and Transgender FamiliesCenter for American ProgressFebruary 5, 2013
Ending Gay and Transgender Health DisparitiesCenter for American ProgressNovember 27, 2012
Ensuring Benefits Parity and Gender Identity Nondiscrimination in Essential Health BenefitsCenter for American ProgressNovember 15, 2012
Why Gay and Transgender Workers and Families Need Paid Sick DaysCenter for American ProgressNovember 5, 2012
FAQ: Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity DataCenter for American ProgressOctober 16, 2012
FAQ: Health Insurance Needs for Transgender AmericansCenter for American ProgressOctober 3, 2012
Fighting for SurvivalCenter for American ProgressJune 21, 2012
Interactive Quiz: How the Affordable Care Act Benefits Gay and Transgender IndividualsCenter for American ProgressMarch 29, 2012
Top 10 Things Health Reform Does for Gay and Transgender AmericansCenter for American ProgressMarch 26, 2012
Gathering Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data in Health ITCenter for American ProgressFebruary 9, 2012
Giving Visibility to Gay and Transgender Health CareCenter for American ProgressFebruary 7, 2012
Super Committee Cuts Could Lead to Worse Health for Gay and Transgender AmericansCenter for American ProgressNovember 18, 2011
Winning a Healthier FutureCenter for American ProgressSeptember 29, 2011
Changing the GameCenter for American ProgressMarch 29, 2011