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The Case for Designating LGBT People as a Medically Underserved Population and as a Health Professional Shortage Area Population Group
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The Case for Designating LGBT People as a Medically Underserved Population and as a Health Professional Shortage Area Population Group

Designating the LGBT population as a MUP and population group HPSA will dramatically increase access to culturally and clinically competent health care for LGBT people.

The U.S. Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) is currently considering designation of Medically Underserved Populations (MUP) and Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) population groups. Due to significant health disparities and documented barriers to accessing health care, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population should be designated a Medically Underserved Population (MUP). Because few health providers are trained to provide culturally competent and affirming care to LGBT people, the LGBT population should also be designated a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) population group.

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