News Headlines Article

Some Hospitals Falling Short of Protecting for Gay Patients
Health Leaders Media

An evaluation of 200 of the nation’s largest hospitals found that 42% currently do not have policies in place to fully protect gay and lesbian patients from restrictions based on sexual orientation, according to a report released Monday by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. These policies, though, may soon by changing. In April, President Obama requested that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius initiate rulemaking to lift restrictions on unrelated visitors to act as surrogate decision makers and to visit hospitalized patients.