Legal access to same-sex marriage improved gay men’s health

When the Supreme Court made marriage equality the rule across the country in June 2015, health care experts predicted it would improve the health of LGBT Americans. And a new study suggests that this indeed was the case.

Legal access to same-sex marriage was associated with significant improvements in health insurance coverage and access to health care for men in same-sex households, according to a new working paper from researchers at Vanderbilt University distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

One reason why this study’s findings are important: Overall, men and women in same-sex households are less likely to have health insurance and more likely to report having 14 or more bad health days than those in heterosexual households.

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