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« Topic Start: April 15, 2010, 08:46:55 pm »

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Obama orders hospitals to grant same-sex couples visitation rights

President Obama on Thursday signed a memorandum requiring hospitals to allow gays and lesbians to have non-family visitors and to grant their partners medical power of attorney.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/15/AR2010041505502.html?hpid=topnews
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« Reply #1: April 15, 2010, 08:54:40 pm »

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Obama orders hospitals to grant same-sex couples visitation rights

President Obama on Thursday signed a memorandum requiring hospitals to allow gays and lesbians to have non-family visitors and to grant their partners medical power of attorney.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/15/AR2010041505502.html?hpid=topnews
Fantastic! It's about time, though... keep it up, Obama!
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« Reply #2: April 15, 2010, 09:17:03 pm »

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Obama orders hospitals to grant same-sex couples visitation rights

President Obama on Thursday signed a memorandum requiring hospitals to allow gays and lesbians to have non-family visitors and to grant their partners medical power of attorney.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/15/AR2010041505502.html?hpid=topnews

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« Reply #3: April 15, 2010, 09:29:52 pm »

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« Reply #4: April 15, 2010, 09:33:24 pm »

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Obama orders hospitals to grant same-sex couples visitation rights

President Obama on Thursday signed a memorandum requiring hospitals to allow gays and lesbians to have non-family visitors and to grant their partners medical power of attorney.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/15/AR2010041505502.html?hpid=topnews

and since there are very few hospitals that do not accept medicare or medicaid, there shouldn't be a big problem.
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« Reply #5: April 15, 2010, 10:19:40 pm »

President Obama on Thursday signed a memorandum requiring hospitals to allow gays and lesbians to have non-family visitors and to grant their partners medical power of attorney.

Good. The shame is to takes the government to get them to do it.
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« Reply #6: April 15, 2010, 10:22:47 pm »

Good. The shame is to takes the government to get them to do it.
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What's funny is at my nursing home, we have several people who have non family members who are POAs.  They have family members, but they are not the POA.
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« Reply #7: April 16, 2010, 02:32:59 am »

Obama orders hospitals to grant same-sex couples visitation rights

*standing ovation*

About time! Well done!

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« Reply #8: April 16, 2010, 04:40:23 pm »

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Obama orders hospitals to grant same-sex couples visitation rights

President Obama on Thursday signed a memorandum requiring hospitals to allow gays and lesbians to have non-family visitors and to grant their partners medical power of attorney.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/15/AR2010041505502.html?hpid=topnews

While it's a start, it's long over due for Obama to initiate this. Presumably it wasn't an issue during the Clinton years (Bush probably would bother).

Devil is going to be in the details. The article quotes the memo "In the memo, Obama said hospitals should not be able to deny visitation privileges on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. "

Don't be surprised if hospitals still ban non-relatives (ie not legally married or legal civil union) from patients who are unable to give positive assent.  From the news article, it seems that Langbehn would still have been shut out as I don't think they were married nor from a state with a civil union law.

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« Reply #9: April 16, 2010, 05:06:32 pm »

While it's a start, it's long over due for Obama to initiate this. Presumably it wasn't an issue during the Clinton years (Bush probably would bother).

Devil is going to be in the details. The article quotes the memo "In the memo, Obama said hospitals should not be able to deny visitation privileges on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. "

Don't be surprised if hospitals still ban non-relatives (ie not legally married or legal civil union) from patients who are unable to give positive assent.  From the news article, it seems that Langbehn would still have been shut out as I don't think they were married nor from a state with a civil union law.



well, the problem is, with some of the more recent denials, it's actually been people who had POAs in hand, but were denied entrance, in defiance of the POAs.  WHich really surprises me, given our situation at work, where we obey those POAs.  Period.  This should solve that problem.  Now if they deny all nonrelatives without POA, then so long as they do it regardless of sexuality situation, there shouldn't be a problem.  Note to everyone, make a POA.  While you can still do it.
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« Reply #10: April 16, 2010, 05:26:48 pm »

well, the problem is, with some of the more recent denials, it's actually been people who had POAs in hand, but were denied entrance, in defiance of the POAs.  WHich really surprises me, given our situation at work, where we obey those POAs.  Period.  This should solve that problem.  Now if they deny all nonrelatives without POA, then so long as they do it regardless of sexuality situation, there shouldn't be a problem.  Note to everyone, make a POA.  While you can still do it.

It surprises me also.
I'd think that sueing the hospital over not following the POA would stop that without having to write a new regulation. Guarentee that some conservative Christian will be denied visitation as a non-close relative and not having a POA to raise a media ruckus.

Sexual orientation shouldn't matter if there is a POA, legal marriage or legal civil union.
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