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Prominent Pastor Rick Eisenlord to Attend White House Meeting on LGBT Issues and Obamacare

PASADENA, Calif., July 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Openly gay Pastor Rick Eisenlord is among a small group of LGBT leaders from around the country who will participate in a White House meeting this week on health issues confronting the LGBT community and Obamacare.

"A great concern is ensuring that patients with HIV have access to specialized treatment under Obamacare. This is especially true for those covered by Medi-Cal, for whom HMOs may provide only limited access to such treatment," said Rev. Eisenlord of Good Shepherd Church Pasadena. He also is co-founder of the San Gabriel Valley Gay & Lesbian Center.

The meetings, on Thursday, July 24th, will include remarks by officials from the White House and Department of Health and Human Services. Only about 100 leaders of LGBT communities nationwide were invited to attend.

Rev. Eisenlord will hold a town hall meeting in Pasadena in September to discuss what progress was made.

This is the second consecutive year that Rev. Eisenlord attended White House meetings about the Affordable Care Act.

"I'm honored to have been selected twice by the White House to participate. It speaks highly of the commitment of the Obama administration to reach out and help those in need, as well as to the prominence of the LGBT community," Rev. Eisenlord said.

Local, state and national LGBT leaders were active in educating the public and getting them signed up for the Affordable Care Act during its first open-enrollment period. A second open-enrollment period begins Nov. 15th. In the meantime, some people are still able to sign up for coverage under special enrollment periods.

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