Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Hospital Visitation Rules Go Into Effect For LGBT Patients!

Today, the new rules prohibiting hospitals from discriminating against visitors based on sexual orientation and gender identity went into effect.  Though a quiet change, it represents a big deal to LGBT families who have previously been discriminated against in these settings.

Last year President Obama issued the directive including this statement, “Every day, all across America, patients are denied the kindnesses and caring of a loved one at their sides — whether in a sudden medical emergency or a prolonged hospital stay,” to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department in April.

It's a big deal and should not be overlooked as a major promise fulfilled by the administration.

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