President Obama Orders Hospital Visitation Rights for Same-Sex Partners
President Obama has ordered the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to formulate rules that would extend hospital visitation rights to same-sex partners. The new rules would apply to all hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, which nearly all hospitals do. The regulations would require hospitals to allow patients to decide who may visit them and prohibit hospitals from discriminating on a variety of characteristics, including sexual orientation. If adopted, the regulations would negate the policies of many hospital that restrict visitation rights to immediate family members. For more on this new policy, you can read the Presidential Memorandum to HHS here.