Older LGBT Americans Face Chronic Illness, Other Health Challenges Because of the COVID 19 Pandemic.
A new July report from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) has found that LGBT adults are more likely than their non-LGBT peers to report certain health-related challenges and negative impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The report looked at the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with nearly a quarter (24 percent) of LGBT people reporting that they have sought mental health care because of the pandemic, compared to 12 percent of non-LGBT respondents. Three-quarters (74 percent) of LGBT people reported that the pandemic had a negative impact on their mental health, compared to 49 percent of non-LGBT respondents.
The report also cited that LGBT adults were more likely than other adults to quit a job for a coronavirus-related reason or to take time off of work because of personal illness with COVID-19, or caregiving for someone who was infected or to quarantine.
Among the 30 percent of LGBT people who reported having trouble paying medical bills in the last year, more than half (58 percent) said that the COVID-19 pandemic was at least in part to blame.