The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has made progress in improving LGBT health, according to an HHS statement. The department’s list of achievements includes: creating a National HIV/AIDS Strategy; adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the HHS nondiscrimination policy; affirming that all hospitals accepting Medicaid and Medicare must respect the rights of patients to choose their visitors, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity; and creating initiatives targeted at LGBT people in such areas as tobacco cessation, suicide prevention, foster care, homeless and runaway youth, and services for the elderly.

To read the HHS statement, click here.