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Success: Educating LGBT Iowans on the Affordable Care Act

liveproud800pxOne Iowa, through a generous grant from the Iowa Insurance Division, was recently able to participate in outreach activities around the Affordable Care Act.

Historically, we know that LGBT individuals have been uninsured or underinsured at many times the rate of the general population. So in January 2014, as part of our LGBT health initiative, One Iowa worked to inform our community about the new benefits and anti-discrimination protections that the new law provides.

By the time open enrollment ended on March 31, One Iowa completed over 60 events in 3 months, speaking with hundreds of people throughout the state about how the LGBT community will benefit from the Affordable Care Act.

One Iowa was honored to be a part of the Open Enrollment team through the Iowa Insurance Division. This was a welcome opportunity to help Iowa’s LGBT community understand and access the Marketplace, and to engage in important conversations around health insurance and the Affordable Care Act.

Thank you to our supporters for helping to make this endeavor a successful one!

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Making History: Celebrating 5 Years of Marriage Equality in Iowa

RedWingFive years ago on April 3, 2009, Iowans won the freedom to marry.

Today, we celebrate. We celebrate the courageous plaintiff couples in the historic Varnum v. Brien case. We celebrate Lambda Legal and the advocates who helped win the case. We celebrate the 7 Iowa Supreme Court justices who did the right thing and ruled unanimously in favor of marriage for gay and lesbian couples, even though it cost some of them their jobs.

Iowa helped pave the way for marriage across the country. As the third state in the nation to embrace the freedom to marry, we helped propel the nation forward.

Today, 17 states and the District of Columbia have achieved marriage and a majority of Americans support marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Five years ago, this was not the case.

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