VA LGBT Policies
VA LGBT Policies
The LGBT Health Program continuously reviews VHA policies assuring inclusive language relevant for LGBT Veteran care, including non-discrimination policies, hospital visitation, caregiver education and the definition of family at VHA. The Program coordinates with other Offices (such as Office of Health Equity, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Office of Patient-Centered Care, Office of Public Health, National Center for Ethics in Health Care, and others) to assure clear, consistent policies that are centered around LGBT Veterans’ needs.
The LGBT Health Program is delighted to report that VHA Directive 1340 PROVISION OF HEALTH CARE FOR VETERANS WHO IDENTIFY AS LESBIAN, GAY, OR BISEXUAL has been published. This directive establishes VHA policy for the equitable, respectful, and affirming delivery of clinically appropriate health care to lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) Veterans. In addition, VHA Directive 1341 (Providing Health Care for Transgender and Intersex Veterans) has been approved for publication. Directive 1341 replaces Directive 2013-003. This new directive will be in effect until May 2023.
VHA LGBT Associated Policies:
• Rights and Responsibilities of VA Patients and Residents of Community Living Centers - http://www.va.gov/health/rights/patientrights.asp
• Rights and Responsibilities of Family Members of VA Patients and Residents of Community Living Centers - http://www.va.gov/health/rights/familyrights.asp
• Providing Health Care for Transgender & Intersex Veterans VHA Directive - http://www.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=2863
• Provision of Health Care for Veterans Who Identify as Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual VHA Directive - https://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=5438
Healthcare Equality Index
Each year VHA facilities are encouraged to participate in the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). Participation in the HEI is voluntary and consists of reporting health care systems’ policies and trainings related to LGBT patients and families, such as policies assuring inclusive language relevant for LGBT Veteran care, including non-discrimination policies, hospital visitation, caregiver education and the definition of family at VHA. Each year the results are published identifying the facilities that achieved “Leader” status in LGBT care. HEI leadership is known as an indicator of an LGBT-positive health care environment. Look for your facility on the Healthcare Equality Index 2018 List.
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