Legalized Marriage Linked to Increases in Health Coverage for Gay Men

After the legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.S., more gay men reported having health insurance, access to medical care and annual checkups, according to a June 2018 working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The research, conducted by a team of scholars at Vanderbilt University, looks at marriage status and health outcomes for couples living in same-sex households before and after the legalization of same-sex marriage. A great deal of research suggests that married individuals are healthier than unmarried individuals, though less work focuses on the health of same-sex couples who are married, in part because of the recency of same-sex marriage legalization.

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