Equal access to Obamacare for all Americans – including lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders.

It's a tall order, but ensuring it happens is now part of the mission at the U.S. Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights. The agency is a nearly $40 million operation that historically has investigated discrimination charges against hospitals and other providers in cases that typically involved the disabled or minorities.

By year's end, if not before, the OCR will detail just how it plans to go about doing its new job of helping LGBT Americans gain equal access to the benefits outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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