Health Care Leaders: LGBTQ Discrimination has no place in Vermont

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Health Care Leaders: LGBTQ Discrimination has no place in Vermont

As leaders in Vermont's health care system, we are committed to providing care and services without discrimination, regardless of who you are and who you love. Vermont’s hospitals, providers, health care professionals, and insurers will not change our practices based on new federal guidance that attempts to strip protections from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people.

Every LGBTQ Vermonter must be able to access health care without fear of discrimination. Vermont law protects LGBTQ people from discrimination in health care today, and Vermont's health care community stands united against this discrimination.

Along with our continued commitment to provide care and services without discrimination, we recommit to improving the ways we serve the LGBTQ community.

If you do experience health care discrimination or other issues accessing care, you have resources:

● You can contact the Pride Center of Vermont's SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program
during office hours at 802-863-0003 or by emailing .
The SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program’s mission is to end violence and
discrimination in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and
HIV-affected (LGBTQ+) people in Vermont.

● You can contact the Department of Financial Regulation by phone at
833-DFR-HOTLINE or by email at . DFR is
committed to ensuring Vermonters, especially those in marginalized and vulnerable
communities, have access to medically necessary care.

● You can contact the Health Care Advocate HelpLine by phone at 800-917-778 or by
email at . The Office of the Health Care Advocate is a free
resource available to help everyone in Vermont solve problems related to health
care, including health insurance and health care access.


AIDS Project of Southern Vermont
Karen Peterson | Executive Director | 802-254-8263

Bi-State Primary Care Association
Georgia Maheras | VP Policy & Strategy | 857-234-5171

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont
Sara Teachout | Director of Government and Media Relations | 802-371-3254

Department of Financial Regulation
Michael S. Pieciak | Commissioner
Michael.Pieciak@Vermont.Gov | 802-828-2380

HealthFirst Independent Practice Association
Susan Ridzon | Executive Director, 802-878-8811

HIV/HCV Resource Center
Laura Byrne | Executive Director

Office of the Health Care Advocate
Mike Fisher | Chief Health Care Advocate | 800-917-7787

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
Lucy Leriche | VP Vermont Public Affairs, PPNNE | 802-598-4182

Recovery House, Inc.
Chadd Viger | CEO

The University of Vermont Medical Center
Stephen Leffler, MD | President & Chief Operating Officer

Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
Jeff Tieman | President and Chief Executive Officer | 802-355-0915

Vermont Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Dr Joshua Green | President

Vermont Care Partners
Julie Tessler | Co-Executive Director | 802-279-0464

Vermont CARES
Peter Jacobsen | Executive Director | 802-863-2437

Vermont's Free & Referral Clinics
Steven Maier | Executive Director | 802-448-4280

Vermont Long-Term Care Ombudsman Project
Sean Londergan | State Long-Term Care Ombudsman | 802-383-2227

Vermont Medical Society
Jessa Barnard | Executive Director

Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, Inc.
Catherine E. Fulton | Executive Director | 802-229-2449

VNAs of Vermont
Jill Mazza Olson | Executive Director | 802-249-8491

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